Boy, 10, killed after Caerphilly dog attack named by police

  • Officers remained at the scene of the incident on Tuesday

A 10-year-old boy who died after a dog attack near Caerphilly has been named by police.

Jack Lis died at the scene of the attack in Pentwyn, Penyrheol. The dog was destroyed by firearms officers.

Gwent Police were called to the incident at around 3:55pm on Monday (November 8).

Jack's mother, Emma Whitfield, paid an emotional tribute to her son on social media who she described as her "beautiful boy."

In a Facebook post she said: "We love you so much our sweet, sweet boy."

Tributes have been laid near the property in Penyrheol Credit: PA

Jack was a pupil at Cwm Ifor Primary School, Caerphilly, where head teacher Gareth Rees paid tribute to him.

He said: “The whole school community has been rocked by the tragic events of the past 24 hours."

"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.

"Appropriate support is being made available for pupils and staff over the coming days as we come to terms with this devastating news.

Officers remained at the scene on Tuesday morning as the investigation continues.

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.

“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.”

At a press conference today, Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough also said that the owners of the dog were being called in for questioning an enquiries regarding the dog's history are ongoing.