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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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‘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.
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.
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‘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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