THIS IS AN EXAMPLE WHERE THE SHELTER OR WHICHEVER AGENCY SOLD THE DOG, SHOULD BE SUED, ESPECIALLY IF THE DOG WAS NOT PROVOKED.
They told how they heard screams then saw distraught Jodi emerge from her flat sobbing and covered in blood.
Family friend Paul Ryan said: “I saw Jodi as they were taking Lexi to hospital. She was in hysterics and kept saying she was told that the dog was safe around kids.
“She’s devastated. Lexi was her only child and she doted on her.
“She had only had the dog for two months after picking it up from a local rescue centre.
When Jodi Hudson went to the kennels to buy the stray bulldog (see above) she had fallen in love with, she was concerned at a sign warning it was “unsuitable” for children.
But staff assured her it would be OK for her and daughter Lexi, four, as long as she “didn’t allow it to jump up”.
Today, Jodi is grieving for Lexi after the dog went berserk and mauled the youngster to death.
The single mum has told close friends: “Lexi was my world and now she’s dead. I can’t go on. Life isn’t worth living right now.”
Jodi, 31, paid £100 for Aylestone bulldog Mulan after the rehoming centre advertised it with a photo on Facebook.
One pal said: “There was a poster of the dog inside the centre which stated underneath it was unsuitable for people with small children.
“But Jodi asked them about this and they said he’d be fine as long as he wasn’t allowed to jump up.
“She accepted this and bought the dog. She didn’t have any problems whatsoever with Mulan until the tragedy happened.
“Lexi loved the dog too. Jodi can’t believe it turned into a devil dog.”
The mum stabbed Mulan to death as it attacked Lexi at home on Tuesday, but she could not save her child.
Weeks earlier she wrote a Facebook message under a photo of the pet, which said “lovin my baby”.
Police spoke to the owners of Willow Tree Dog Rehoming Centre, in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, after the tragedy in nearby Mountsorrel.
A manager yesterday confirmed the dog was sold to Jodi in September after it was picked up by council wardens.
But he added: “The cops have told us not to say anything.”
Jodi yesterday released a statement which described Lexi as her “shining star in the sky”.
She had already lost a child after a full-term stillbirth several years ago.
Lexi’s devastated dad Jamie Branson, 38, of Loughborough, Leics, also paid tribute to his “lovely little girl” last night.
He said: “I’m grieving for my daughter. I loved her to bits.”
Dogs have killed 10 Americans in the first 9 weeks of 2014. The dogs were a Labrador retriever mix, a large German shepherd mix (involved in the same incident as the Labrador), a Rottweiler, and two bullmastiffs (in separate incidents), and bully dogs. Killings were from maulings, except one which was a heart attack that occurred as a result of breaking up a fight among the victim’s own 7 pit bulls.
The child victims
Six of the victims were children, 3 killed by alleged pit bulls:
- Kara Hartrich, age 4, in Bloomington, IL, on January 17, 2014.
- Je’vaeh Mayes, age 2, in Temple, TX, on February 17, 2014.
- Braelynn Rayne Coulter, age 3, in High Point, NC, on Februrary 25, 2014.
- Summer Sears, age 4, in Tallassee, Alabama, on February 26, 2014 (a Labrador retriever mix and large German shepherd mix).
- Unnamed as yet, a boy, age 13, in Patterson, New Jersey, on February 28, 2014 (bullmastiff).
- Unnamed as yet, a boy, age 2, in Killeen, Texas, on March 1, 2014 (bullmastiff).
The adult victims
Two of the victims were adults :
- Christina Bell-Burleson, age 43, in Houston, Texas, on January 5, 2014.
- Klonda Richey, age 57, in Dayton, Ohio, on February 7, 2014.
One adult victim was killed by a Rottweiler:
- Annabel Martin, age 89, in Corona, California, on January 26, 2014.
The fourth adult victim died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his 7 pit bulls and pit mixes:
- Carlos Eligio Trevina, age 54, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on January 9, 2014.
The problem from an evidentiary view point is that we do not know if the alleged “pitbull” designation– actually is correct. In many cases, it is incorrect, BUT the media claims otherwise, therefor, it is apparent that unless there is distinct scientific evidence, the “pitbull” designation means little. We have seen many canines which do not resemble pitbull dogs which actually ARE partially pibull dogs.