Man and woman charged after boy, 10, killed by dog in Caerphilly

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A man and woman have been charged after a 10-year-old boy was killed by a dog in Caerphilly.

Jack Lis was mauled to death while playing at a friend’s house after school in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, on November 8 last year.

The emergency services including paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service were called to the property at around 3.55pm but were unable to save the boy. They confirmed Jack had died at the scene.

Police firearms officers who also attended the scene destroyed the dog.

A 28-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both from the Caerphilly area, were arrested on suspicion of being in the charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.

Both have now been charged with these offences, released on bail, and are due to appear at Newport Magistrates’ Court next month.

Tributes to Jack Lis
A forensic crime scene investigator outside the house where Jack Lis was killed by a dog (Bronwen Weatherby/PA)

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable at Gwent Police, Mark Hobrough, said: “The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings are active and all the defendants have a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

“It is vital that people continue to think about how their social media comments or posts could impact an 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.”

Work done to identify the breed of the dog found it was an American bully or XL bully, which are not on the banned breed list.

In a statement issued the day after he was killed, Jack’s family said: “Our boy made us the proudest parents and family on the planet. He was the sweetest of boys.”

Pentwyn dog attack
People released red balloons as the hearse carrying the coffin of Jack Lis arrived at St Martin’s Church, Caerphilly (Ben Birchall/PA)

A procession of high-end cars, including a silver DeLorean DMC-12 and red Mustang, took place prior to the service around the town and castle.

Police said a man from the Mountain Ash area, now aged 35, voluntarily attended the police station in relation to the incident but was later released.

Another two men from the Caerphilly area, both aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death. Both were released without charge.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting log reference 2100392510. You can also send a direct message on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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