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Family of 10-year-old killed by dog in Caerphilly pay tribute to ‘beautiful boy’

Written by on 12th November 2021

The family of a 10-year-old boy who was killed by a dog have paid tribute to their “beautiful boy”.

Jack Lis died after being attacked by a dog at a friend’s house in Caerphilly, south Wales on Monday.

In a statement released through Gwent Police, his family have said: ”

Jack’s family said: “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. He’s forever in our hearts. Sweet dreams Jack, our perfect boy.”

At the opening of the inquest at Newport Coroner’s Court, the provisional cause of death was given as “severe injuries to the head and neck”.

The court heard Jack was outside his house “playing with a friend”, and then went to his friend’s home.

Senior coroner for Gwent, Caroline Saunders, said upon entering the home “Jack was attacked by a dog”.

The court heard paramedics were called but Jack’s injuries were “unsurvivable” and he was pronounced dead at 16:14 GMT on Monday.

Jack was identified by photos provided to the mortuary manager, the hearing was told.

The coroner said the circumstances surrounding Jack’s death were “violent and unnatural” and so formally opened an inquest into his death.

She then adjourned the inquest for “further inquiries” to be made and it will be resumed at a later date.

BBC Wales was told the dog, known as Beast, had been kept at a home in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, until two days prior to the attack.

It is thought to have previously belonged to Lee Jenkins, 34, who voluntarily attended an interview with police on Wednesday.

Mr Jenkins has denied ownership of Beast.

He said: “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.”

A neighbour of Mr Jenkins has told BBC Wales that Beast was used as a breeding stud. He is known to have fathered at least 10 puppies by Mr Jenkins’ other dog, Beauty.

On 29 October, Mr Jenkins posted an advert to rehome Beast on a Facebook page, describing him as “grate (sic) with people”, but adding that he did “not like other dogs at all”.