Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

Boy screamed ‘my dog has killed my friend’ as pal, 10, savaged in horror attack

A 10-year-old boy who was savaged to death by a dog reportedly saw neighbours try to come to his rescue after his friend ran screaming for help.

Jack Lis, from Caerphilly, South Wales, was visiting a friend when he was attacked by a reported pitbull-type dog on Monday.

His friend tried running for help while shouting “my dog has killed my friend”, according to The Sun.

Neighbours were alerted to the incident and reportedly ran to the house with one battling to get the dog off of Jack, but failed in their attempt.

Tracey Lawrence, a neighbour, told the Sun: “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”.

Police described the dog as “large and powerful” and had to be destroyed by firearms officers.

During a press conference, Gwent Police Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said officers had to distract the dog so they could remove the boy from the property.

Jack sadly died at the scene.

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Chief Superintendent Hobrough said: “At the moment I am unable to confirm the breed of the dog. I am able to tell you it was a large and powerful dog and obviously it was acting extremely aggressively at the scene.”

Jack's mum Emma Whitfield posted a tribute to her son on Facebook describing him as a “sweet sweet boy.”

She wrote: “With so much heartbreak 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 (Monday).

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

Tributes and flowers were left at the scene of the attack and at the gates of Cwm Ifor Primary School, which Jack attended.

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Speaking to Wales Online, Gareth Rees, headteacher of Cwm Ifor Primary School, said: “Jack was a bright and caring pupil who was popular amongst his peers and the teaching staff at Cwm Ifor.

“Our thoughts are very much with his family at this difficult time and we now need time and space to heal together as a school community.”

Police are still investigating the incident.

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