Family of 10-year-old killed in Caerphilly dog ​​attack pays homage to their ‘sweet, sweet boy’, as he is formally called

The family of the 10-year-old who was killed by a dog in Caerphilly yesterday has paid tribute to their “sweet, sweet boy”.

The child has been formally named by Gwent Police as Jack Lis. He died on the spot after police and paramedics were called to Pentwyn, Penyrhoel, Caerphilly around 3.55pm on Monday 8 November.

Emma Whitfield wrote on Facebook, writing: “With so much heartbreak, and before close friends and family see his name in the news, I must announce that our beautiful boy Jack was taken so tragically yesterday.

“It was not our dog, nor did it happen at our house. He was out playing.”

See the latest updates on this terrible tragedy here.

She urged people to stop wondering what had happened and said the family would not speak to the media.

“We love you so much our sweet sweet boy,” she said.

The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack.

Tributes and flowers to Jack have been left on the spot.




Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: “My sympathy and thoughts go out to Jack’s family, friends, school friends and everyone affected by this in 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 conduct further investigations at this time and will remain on the scene as the investigation progresses.

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

There was still a large police presence in the house this morning and several properties were cordoned off as officers checked access to the site.

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