Eight-stone ‘beast’ dog that killed boy was sold on Facebook days before attack

Jack Lis and Killer pitbull
Jack Lis was mauled to death by the pitbull less than two weeks after it was re-homed (Picture: Wales News Service)

An eight-stone pitbull that mauled a boy to death was sold online days before the killing over fears he would attack other animals.

Former owner Lee Jenkins nicknamed the dog the ‘beast’ and said he could no longer cope with looking after him.

A post he shared to a breeders’ forum in October read: ‘Beast 15 months, 115lbs, 24 ttw [inches to the withers].’

Later that same month, on October 29 he added: ‘Looking to re-home my boy, he’s 15 months old, great with people but unfortunately he does not like other dogs at all.

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‘I’ve tried my best with him, I have other dogs and cannot put them at risk, he needs someone with time.’

On Monday, shortly after the dog was re-homed, he fatally attacked 10-year-old Jack Lis while he was playing at a home in Caerphilly, South Wales.
The bulldog was nicknamed ‘the beast’ by its previous owner (Picture: Wales News Service)
A friend ran out into the street screaming for help but neighbours could not prise the dog away and Jack died before paramedics could reach him. The powerful dog, which had to be shot seven times by armed officers at the house, is now being examined by experts to check if it is an illegal breed in Britain.

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Neighbours say they believe the animal was an American pitbull, but a post-mortem has yet to verify the breed.

Former owner Lee Jenkins told The Sun: ‘I am not the owner of that dog, I told the police everything I know, they know I have nothing to do with it

‘It’s not my dog and it’s since been re-homed from me.’

Last night Gwent Police confirmed that a 28-year-old woman was on conditional bail after being arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.

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Jack Lis died at the scene after being attacked by the dog (Picture: Wales News Service)
Two men – a 34-year-old from the Mountain Ash area and a 19-year-old from the Caerphilly area – were released after they attended voluntarily in relation to the same charge. Gwent Police Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: ‘As we’ve arrested an individual on suspicion of an offence linked to the attack, and spoken to two others voluntarily, we’re looking to identify where any criminal matters have occurred.

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

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‘It is vital that people are considering the tone and language used in comment posted on social media about the identities of anyone involved in this matter as part of our inquiries.

‘As this is a live investigation, such comments may have an impact on our ability to bring anyone found to have committed a criminal offence to justice.’

Jack’s mother Emma Whitfield paid tribute to her ‘beautiful’ son, writing on Facebook: ‘With so much heart break […] I have to announce our beautiful boy Jack was taken so tragically yesterday.

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‘It was not our dog nor did it happen at our family home. He was out to play.

‘We love you so much our sweet sweet boy.’

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