Heartbroken mother mourns her ‘sweet sweet boy’ as 10-year-old killed by American-Pitbull-style dog while visiting friend after school is named
- Heartbroken mother has paid tribute to ‘sweet sweet’ boy killed by dog
- Gwent Police said they received reports of a dog attack on Monday afternoon
- Armed police officers rushed to the scene and the dog was destroyed on site
- Jack Lis, 10, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics
A heartbroken mother has paid tribute to her ‘sweet sweet’ boy today after her 10-year-old son was mauled to death by an American-Pitbull-style dog while visiting a friend after school.
Police said called after screams were heard coming from a house in Caerphilly where children were playing on Monday afternoon.
Neighbours were unable to save Jack Lis from the attack, and armed police later killed the dog at the house in South Wales.
In am emotional post on Facebook, his mother Emma Whitfield, 32, wrote: ‘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.’
Jack lived in a neighbouring street but stopped at his friend’s house on the way home. The pupils at nearby Cwm Ifor Primary School at Penyrheol came home together before the attack at 3.55pm.
Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough of Gwent Police said in a statement: ‘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.’
Police officers at the scene where a 10-year-old boy has died after reportedly being attacked by a dog in Caerphilly on November 9, 2021
Flowers left outside a house where the 10-year-old boy died yesterday
Police at the scene in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly
A 10-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog at an address in Caerphilly yesterday
This maps shows where Jack Lis was mauled to death by an American-Pitbull-style dog
Jack was described as ‘fun-loving and full of life’ with dark hair and freckles by other shocked parents.
Neighbour Tracey Lawrence said the alarm was raised by tragic Jack’s friend who ran out of the house as the animal attacked in the hallway.
She said: ‘The little boy that lives there ran over to the neighbour and said: ‘My dog has killed my friend.’ My neighbour went and tried to push the door open but the dog had latched on to the boy’s leg.
‘Everyone was out on the street crying. It was awful here. Everyone was upset.’
The dog was about 15 months old – and described as being ‘trouble’ by other villagers. Tracey said: ‘The boys were very young to be home alone. Especially with a dog like that.
‘Last time I saw the dog it was only a small puppy but seeing him yesterday it was like: ‘Oh my God.’
‘The police were distracting the dog to get it away from the boy and it was up on the sink with huge muscles in his shoulders.’
Neighbour Kirk Wiegold battled to pull the dog off little Jack – but described the animal as ‘just being too fierce to do anything.’
Witnesses said at least 12 police cars as well as forensic officers were on scene last night
A scene of crime officer arrives at the scene in Caerphilly where a 10-year-old boy has died
A cordon remained in place around several houses in Caerphilly late on Monday evening
A family member said: ‘He just wishes he could have done more but thinks it was too late. He’s feeling really upset about it – it was horrible thing to see.’
One mother on the school run said: ‘It was an American bulldog. It had snapped at neighbours before and had been seen running down the street.
‘The little boy didn’t live there. He had just been on the school bus and had gone to visit his friend. I couldn’t live with that knowing somebody else’s child has died in my care.’
School head Gareth Rees held special talks with ‘shocked’ staff and pupils over the tragedy. He said: ‘It is a very difficult day.’
The dog was shot by police marksmen and it’s owner is being interviewed by police. Neighbours said the dog was ‘known to be trouble’ – and rumoured to have bitten another man and killed a cat in recent weeks.
Parents living on the street in Penyrheol, Caerphilly, say they returned home from the school run to see police.
One mother, who lives just a few doors away from the scene, said: ‘I had no idea what happened until I came home and saw the police. I can’t imagine what the family are going through.’
Police with 12 force vehicles sealed off the road shortly after the attack took place and dozens of officers have remained at the scene.
Chairman of governors Lindsey Whittle said: ‘It is just too tragic for words. I’m in tears just thinking about what happened. I’ve spoken to the head and it is going to be very difficult to tell all his friends and classmates what has happened.
Medics were called but the 10-year-old boy sadly died on scene. Pictured: the street tonight
Gwent Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses. Pictured: scene
‘This is an entre village in shock. I’m heartbroken for his poor parents and we are all devastated.’
A Gwent Police spokesman said: ‘We were called to an address in Pentwyn, Penyrhoel, Caerphilly at around 3.55pm on Monday 8 November, following reports of a dog attack.
‘Officers attended, including specially-trained firearms officers, alongside paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service, who confirmed that a 10-year-old boy had died at the scene.
‘The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack.’
Police said investigations into the attack were continuing.
Councillor Steve Skivens said: ‘Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young man who has lost his life.
‘We would also like to extend our thoughts to all the emergency services who attended the incident. Unfortunately an animal had to be put down
‘We await the details from the police. It’s a tragic, tragic loss of a young life.’
Forensics officers remain at the scene on Monday evening with another police car also present and several houses cordoned off as officers controlled access to the scene.
The police spokesman added: ‘Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting log reference 2100392510.
‘You can also send police a direct message on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.’
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