Jack Lis: ‘Beautiful’ 10-year-old boy killed by dog in South Wales

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Jack Lis: ‘Beautiful’ 10-year-old boy killed by dog in South Wales

The mother of a 10-year-old boy who was killed by a dog while visiting a friend after school in South Wales has paid tribute to her “beautiful” and “sweet” son.

Officers were called following screams heard coming from a house where children were playing in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly at 3.55pm on Monday.

Police named the victim as Jack Lis, 10. The dog was destroyed by firearms officers.

Police at the scene in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly, where a 10-year-old boy has died following reports of a dog attack (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)
Police at the scene in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly, where a 10-year-old boy has died following reports of a dog attack (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA Wire)

In a Facebook post, his mother Emma Whitfield wrote: “With so much heart break and before close friends and family see his name in the news, I have to announce our beautiful boy Jack was taken so tragically yesterday.

“It was not our dog nor did it happen at our family home. He was out to play.

“We love you so much our sweet sweet boy.”

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A resident, who heard shouting, said: “One of the neighbours tried to get the dog off but it was impossible. It was crazed.”

Detectives declined to comment on a report the animal, believed to be an American Pitbull-style, had bitten a customer outside a nearby shop at the weekend.

Neighbours said it had recently been brought into the area and a family volunteered to look after it for a few hours as a favour to the owner.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: “My condolences and thoughts are with Jack’s family, friends, school friends and everyone affected by this within the community.

“We can confirm that the attack did not happen in the house owned by Jack’s family, but inside another property on a nearby street.

“Officers are continuing to make further enquiries at this time and will remain at the scene as the investigation progresses.

Flowers left outside the house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly where Jack Lis a 10-year-old boy was killed by a dog (PA)
Flowers left outside the house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly where Jack Lis a 10-year-old boy was killed by a dog (PA)

“There will be a significant presence of officers in this area of Caerphilly as our enquiries continue. Please do not be alarmed.

“If you have concerns or information then please do stop and talk with us.”

Officers urged anyone with information to call 101, quoting log reference 2100392510.

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