American bulldog that mauled boy to death wasn’t an illegal breed

Jack Lis, 10, was mauled to death at a friend's house which has now been identified as a American bulldog
Jack Lis, 10, was mauled to death at a friend’s house which has now been identified as a American bulldog (Picture: Rex)
A dog that mauled a boy to death in Wales last month has been identified as an American bulldog, a breed not currently illegal to own in the UK. Jack Lis, 10, died after being attacked by the dog while playing at a friend’s house in Caerphilly, Wales, on November 8.

His inquest heard he had suffered ‘unsurvivable’ injuries including to the head and neck.

Police have been investigating the breed of dog that attacked Jack and have now concluded it was an American bulldog.

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Undated family handout photo issued by South Wales Police of Jack Lis, 10, who was mauled to death by a dog at the home of a friend in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, on Monday. Issue date: Friday November 12, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Pentwyn. Photo credit should read: South Wales Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Jack’s mum said her heart ‘aches so bad that we won’t get to see you grow into that incredible man’ (Picture: PA)
Flowers left outside the house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly where Jack Lis a 10-year-old boy was killed by a dog on Monday. A forensic crime scene investigator is seen outside the house. The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 9, 2021. See PA story POLICE Pentwyn. Photo credit should read: Bronwen Weatherby?/PA Wire
Police investigating the incident have now established the breed of dog (Picture: PA)

These muscular, powerful dogs can weigh up to 100 pounds and are fiercely protective towards their owners.

This may mean they get aggressive if threatened – particularly against people they do not know.

A 28-year-old woman from the Caerphilly area was arrested following the attack on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death, and was later released on conditional bail.

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Two men – a 34-year-old from the Mountain Ash area and a 19-year-old from the Caerphilly area – were both released after voluntarily speaking to police over being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
The dog who carried out the attacked was known as ‘beast’ (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)
The coffin of Jack Lis is carried into St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. Picture date: Thursday November 25, 2021. PA Photo. Ten-year-old Jack was was mauled to death by a dog at the home of a friend in Pentwyn, Penyrheol on November 8. See PA story FUNERAL Caerphilly. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Jack’s funeral was held last week (Picture: PA)

Reports at the time said the dog that mauled Jack had been nicknamed ‘beast’ by its original owner who had had to rehome him shortly before the incident because he ‘didn’t get on with other dogs.’

The animal was shot at the scene by police and his body was taken away for tests.

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Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough, of Gwent Police, said: ‘The work to identify the breed of dog involved this attack has concluded, with the dog legislation officer’s report classifying the breed as an American bulldog.

‘This breed does not feature on the list of banned dogs and is therefore not illegal to own in this country.’

A funeral service for Jack was held at St Martin’s Church in Caerphilly last week after a procession of high-end cars, including a silver DeLorean DMC-12 and red Mustang, was led around the town and castle.

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In an emotional reading, Jack’s mother Emma Whitfield said: ‘I spent the last 10 years watching you grow and we got to start seeing you grow into an amazing man.

‘My heart aches so bad that we won’t get to see you grow into that incredible man. This isn’t goodbye, this is a see you later dude.’

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