A 10-year-old boy was killed by an American Pitbull-style dog while playing in his friend’s house after school.
Jack Lis from South Wales was attacked by the dog at around 3:55 pm while he was playing with his friend in a nearby street.
Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics and concerned neighbors tried to save his life but he tragically died at the scene.
His grieving mother took to Facebook and wrote: “I have to announce our beautiful boy Jack was taken so tragically yesterday. 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.”
Jack was described as ‘full of life’ and ‘fun-loving’ by residents. Shocked neighbors said they have been appalled by the tragic incident.
70-year-old Ricky Willis said: “The first I heard of it my neighbor knocked on my door, it’s a big shock. I’ve lived on this road for 46 years and I’ve never seen anything like this happen.”
Another neighbor said: “I feel sick to my stomach thinking about what happened to that boy. We went out to see what was going on but the police asked us to go back inside while they put the child in the ambulance.
“So we did, out of respect.”
Neighbor Tracey Lawrence also said the alarm was raised by Jack’s friend who ran out of the house. “The little boy that lives there ran over to the neighbor and said: ‘My dog has killed my friend.’ My neighbor went and tried to push the door open but the dog had latched on to the boy’s leg.
“Everyone was out on the street crying. It was awful here. Everyone was upset.”
Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough of Gwent Police said in a statement: “My condolences and thoughts are with Jack’s family, friends, school friends and everyone affected by this within the community.
“We can confirm that the attack did not happen in the house owned by Jack’s family, but inside another property on a nearby street.
“Officers are continuing to make further inquiries at this time and will remain at the scene as the investigation progresses.”
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