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6 November 2013, 07:42
A dog which attacked a girl in Leicestershire yesterday was reportedly a rescue dog and the family's pet.
The four-year-old, named by neighbours as Lexi Hudson, died in hospital after being bitten in the village of Mountsorrel.
The dog died afterwards with reports this morning that Lexi's mum tried to stop the attack by stabbing the animal.
Arthur Nash, who lives on Rowena Court, said:
'Everybody is in shock at the moment with Lexi dying.
'When I saw an ambulance pull up I thought it was an old lady on the court who had had a heart attack, and then the neighbour came up and said she had been killed by the dog. We're in shock.'
Melanie Wright from the East Midlands Ambulance Service said they received a call at about 12.05pm.
'We responded by dispatching clinicians in two fast response cars, a double crewed ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. We also informed Leicestershire Police.
'This was a very distressing 999 call for all concerned and we are providing support to our colleagues who responded.''
Leicestershire Police have told Capital that the pet is not thought to be one of the breeds listed under section 1 of the dangerous dogs act.