A 10-year-old boy died after suffering ‘severe injuries to the head and neck’ when he was attacked by 115lb dog, an inquest has heard.Jack Lis, died after he was mauled to death at a friends house in Pentwyn, Caerphilly on Monday, November 8. At an inquest, the coroner heard that Jack’s injuries had been ‘unsurvivable’ with a pathologist giving a provisional cause of as ‘severe injuries to the head and neck’. The court heard how Jack had been playing outside with a friend before the pair went to the friend’s house.
Senior coroner for Gwent, Caroline Saunders, said upon entering the home ‘Jack was attacked by a dog’.
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The court heard paramedics were called but Jack’s injuries were ‘unsurvivable’ and he was pronounced dead at 4.14pm.
Jack was identified by family photos provided to the mortuary manager, the court heard.
The coroner said the circumstances surrounding Jack’s death were ‘violent and unnatural’ and so formally opened an inquest into his death.
It was then adjourned to a later date so enquiries into the circumstances surrounding Jack’s death could be made.
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Following the attack, a 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.On Friday, Gwent police said she had been released on conditional bail. Police added that two men – a 34-year-old from the Mountain Ash area and a 19-year-old from the Caerphilly area – had both also been released after voluntarily speaking to police over being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.
Jack’s family have said they have been left ‘absolutely heartbroken’ by his death and that their lives ‘may never be the same’ again.
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In a statement, the family said: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken. 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.
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‘He’s forever in our hearts. Sweet dreams Jack, our perfect boy.’Jack and his friend had been alone when the powerful eight stone dog, named Beast, attacked him.
His friend sought the help of a neighbour who lived several doors down on the same street, but the man was unable to stop the dog.Joined by paramedics, police were called to the address in Pentwyn at around 3.55pm, including specially-trained firearms officers who shot the dog. Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said: ‘The work to identify the breed of dog involved this attack continues.
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‘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 are considering the tone and language used in comments posted on social media about the identities of anyone involved in this matter as part of our enquiries.
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‘It is important that people think about how their social media comments or posts could impact the ongoing investigation, and Jack’s grieving family.’
He said his condolences and thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends, and anyone affected by the incident.
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