Caerphilly dog attack: 'Heartbroken' parents pay tribute to 'perfect boy'

  • Report by ITV Wales journalist Hannah Thomas

The parents of a ten-year-old boy who died in a dog attack on Monday have paid tribute to their “perfect” son.

Jack William Lis was killed by the dog after calling into a friend's house after school. An inquest heard he died from "severe injuries to the head and neck".

In a statement, parents Emma and John, from Caerphilly, said they were “absolutely heartbroken.”

Jack Lis' parents, Emma and John, have paid tribute to their "beautiful boy"

They added: “Our lives will never be the same without Jack. This is not something any parent should ever have to be writing. We have so many words we want to say about our beautiful boy, but they do not seem enough.

“We love him more than words can describe. Our boy made us the proudest parents and family on the planet. He was the sweetest of boys.

“We will forever miss his quirky ways and his stories that he would spend so long telling us.

“He's forever in our hearts. Sweet dreams Jack, our perfect boy.”

A fundraising page has been set up by the family to cover funeral costs. Credit: Go Fund Me

The family have set up a fundraising page to help pay for their son's funeral costs, with a target of £5,000.

Gwent police confirmed on Friday that an inquest had been opened. 

They also said that a 28-year-old woman from Caerphilly had been released on conditional bail and that they’d spoken to two men – a 34-year-old from Mountain Ash and a 19-year-old from Caerphilly.

Although police have not identified the breed of dog involved in the attack, they said that a “thorough procedure” is ongoing.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: “Once this is completed, we will be able to establish if the breed features on the list of illegal dogs to own in this country and any other criminal offences identified will be investigated fully by officers.

“I understand that there is a lot of interest about this in our communities.

“It is vital that people think about how their social media comments or posts could impact the ongoing investigation, and Jack's grieving family.

“Once again, my condolences and thoughts are with Jack’s family, friends, school friends and everyone affected by this within the community.”