Allegedly a 4-year-old girl was mauled to death by the family bulldog on Tuesday in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. Emergency units were called to the little girl’s home at about 12:00 p.m. with reports of a child being attacked by an enormous dog.
The little girl, Lexi Hudson, was off from school because she wasn’t feeling well. She was taking an afternoon nap when suddenly the canine jumped at the sleeping child, grabbing her in its jaws and began violently shaking her.
The dog, a former rescue animal, had only been living with the family for a few weeks prior to this horrible tragedy. Her mother had gotten the dog from the pound. Even though the dog had a very calm nature it had been a victim of abuse in the past.
Neighbors said the little girl was ‘shaken like a rag doll’ as the dog attacked her outside in her yard.
Lexi’s mother, Jodi Hudson, immediately came to her rescue. Jodi picked up a knife and began stabbing the French Mastiff as she desperately tried to wrestle her daughter from the jaws of this canine. Jodi killed the dog before she fled screaming from her home covered in blood.
Emergency crews rushed little Lexi to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she died of her injuries.
Police removed the dead animal’s body after the attack. The family owned French Mastiff was not a prohibited breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act; but it was massive. It was belonged to a breed called Dogue de Bordeaux; widely known from the film Turner and Hooch.
Neighbors said they would see Jodi struggling while trying to walk the dog many times because of its size. Sometimes it even pulled her over.
Friends say Jodi would never have dreamed in a million years that something like this could have happened. Lexi was known by family and friends as the “miracle baby” causing her death to be particularly tragic. She barely survived the odds as a baby born three months premature; weighing only 1 pound and 1 ounce.
She was her mother’s only child. A close friend stated that Jodi had recently commented on a baby picture of Lexi; which was on her FaceBook page saying, “She was about a week old the first time I could ever hold her. You wouldn’t believe she was that small to look at her now.”
One neighbor named Lily Parks said the dog was enormous but Lexi was very fond of it.
Dog expert Ryan O’Meara said he believes the only way to stop fatal dog attacks is compulsory training for all potential dog owners before they are permitted to keep a dog. He said education is the key; they need to know about the possible dangers every dog poses and understand what could set them off and cause them to have an aggressive moment.
O’Meara said the dog which attacked and killed four-year-old Lexi could have been scared by fireworks as the area was building up for Bonfire Night. He said dog attacks are more common around this time of year.
Although this may not have been a factor in this case it is common for dogs to become aggressive and to attack around this time. Whenever a normally calm dog gets frightened their temperament can definitely change. O’Meara said: “There’s no such thing as a permanent temperament for a dog.”
Early obedience training is essential with this breed of dog. They grow into strong and massive adults. Pet enthusiasts have said these dogs require owners who are capable of establishing and maintaining dominance. If not, these animals can become uncontrollable and unruly.
Paul Ryan, family friend, said he saw Jodi as they were rushing Lexi to the hospital and said she was hysterical. He said she kept repeating, “They told me the dog was safe around children.”
Ryan told police that Jodi absolutely adored Lexi, she was her only child and she always doted on her.
Darren Price, who lived only a few doors away, said the neighborhood is stunned.
Price said he is pretty sure that dogs are not allowed on the property; probably due to the multiple elderly residents as well as children. He has two children, he said, and for this to happen so close to home is horrible. It could have been anyone’s child. It’s such a terrible tragedy.
Little Lexi just started school in September, according to a close friend of the family; and was so excited.
Today the 4-year-old girl is dead due to a tragic and unfortunate attack. She was mauled to death by the family canine on Tuesday in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.
Originally it was reported that the dog was a French Mastiff; however police have confirmed that the dog was in fact a bulldog.
The bulldog was a stray called Mulan; it was adopted by the family two months ago. It came from Willow Tree Kennels which is attached to Orchard Kennels and Cattery.
Leicester City Council yesterday confirmed a dog warden took the dog off the streets and handed it into the kennels before Miss Hudson took it in.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)