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Girl died as a result of dog attack, coroner rules

A four-year-old girl died when she was mauled to death at home in Leicestershire by the family's pet bulldog, a coroner has recorded in a narrative verdict.

The coroner said he would make recommendations to avoid similar deaths in future, drawing attention to the lack of national standards for rehoming dogs in kennels.

The Aylestone bulldog-type family pet killed Lexi Branson after attacking her in the lounge of their two-bedroom flat in November 2013.

Lexi's mother told the inquest at Rutland and North Leicestershire Coroner's Court that the animal had gone straight for the four-year-old's throat.

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Rehoming centre 'used suitable staff' to assess dog

By Ben Chapman: ITV News Correspondent

The inquest is hearing from Michael Watts, owner of the Willow Tree Rehoming Centre, where Lexi Branson and her mum adopted the dog from.

The owner says he employed "suitable" staff - with experience of handling dogs - to carry out assessments of dogs' temperament.

The rehoming centre relied upon "on the job training" for the staff who assessed dogs as no external training took place.

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