Caerphilly dog attack: 28-year-old woman arrested after 10-year-old boy killed by dog in Wales

Jack Lis, 10, was mauled to death by a dog at the home of a friend in Caerphilly

<p>A woman has been arrested after a 10-year-old boy was mauled and killed by a dog. </p>

A woman has been arrested after a 10-year-old boy was mauled and killed by a dog.

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested after a boy was killed by a dog in Caerphilly.

Jack Lis, 10, was mauled to death at the home of a friend in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, Wales, on Monday.

At a glance: 5 key points

  • 28-year-old woman arrested
  • Police say she was released on bail
  • Two men also attended at a police station in relation to the incident
  • Work still ongoing to identify breed of dog
  • Dog was shot by firearms officers who attended the scene

An investigation was launched by Gwent Police who on Wednesday confirmed they had arrested a woman on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.

She has been released conditional bail, the force said.

Two men voluntarily attended the police station in relation to the offence.

The 34-year-old from the Mountain Ash area and 19-year-old from the Caerphilly area were both later released.

Jack and his friend were alone when the attack happened.

Jack’s 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.

Paramedics arrived at the scene just before 4pm but they were unable to save him.

The dog was shot by firearms officers who also attended the scene.

A forensic crime scene investigator is seen outside the house. The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack.

Work continuing to identify breed of dog involved

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said work was continuing to identify the breed of the dog, which people locally have claimed was a type of American pit bull.

He warned people commenting on social media to consider their language before posting while an active investigation is ongoing.

“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,” Mr Hobrough said.

“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 comment posted on social media about the identities of anyone involved in this matter as part of our enquiries.

“As this is a live investigation such comments may have impact on our ability to bring anyone found to have committed a criminal offence to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting log reference 2100392510.

Direct messages can also be sent on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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