Jack Lis: Funeral held for boy, 10, killed by dog sees procession of his favourite cars

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A procession of cars guided the coffin of 10-year-old schoolboy Jack Lis to his funeral this afternoon, after he was killed in a dog attack in South Wales.

Jack, from Pentwyn, Penyrheol, died after being mauled by the dog while playing at a friend’s house after school on Monday, 8 November.

He suffered “unsurvivable” injuries and was pronounced dead just after 4pm.

A service for him was held at St Martin’s Church, Caerphilly, at midday on Thursday, following the procession of Jack's favourite cars through the town.

Jack Lis died after being mauled by the dog while playing at a friend’s house after school earlier this month. (PA)
Jack Lis died after being mauled by the dog while playing at a friend’s house after school earlier this month. (PA)
One of the cars in the funeral procession of Jack Lis as it arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. Picture date: Thursday November 25, 2021.
One of the cars in the funeral procession of Jack Lis as it arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. (PA)
The hearse carrying the coffin of Jack Lis arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. Picture date: Thursday November 25, 2021.
The hearse carrying the coffin of Jack Lis arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. (PA)

A fundraiser set up on behalf of Jack’s mother, Emma Whitfield, to help pay for his funeral has to date raised more than £16,000.

Ms Whitfield and Jack’s father have described him as “the sweetest of boys”, and said he had made them the “proudest parents”.

The heartbroken family said their “lives will never be the same without Jack”.

They added: “We will forever miss his quirky ways and his stories that he would spend so long telling us.”

A 28-year-old woman from Caerphilly has been arrested in connection with the dog attack.

Connor (aged 4) holds a red balloon as the funeral procession of Jack Lis arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. Picture date: Thursday November 25, 2021.
Connor, four, holds a red balloon as the funeral procession of Jack Lis arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly. (PA)
The coffin of Jack Lis at St is carried into Martin's Church, Caerphilly. Picture date: Thursday November 25, 2021.
The coffin of Jack Lis at St is carried into Martin's Church, Caerphilly. (PA)

Gwent Police said the dog involved in the attack was 15 months old but the force is still working to identify its breed.

Two men – a 34-year-old from the Mountain Ash area and a 19-year-old from the Caerphilly area – were both released after voluntarily speaking to police over being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

Jack and his friend were alone when the attack happened.

Flowers left outside the house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly where Jack Lis a 10-year-old boy was killed by a dog on Monday. 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.
Flowers left outside the house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly where Jack Lis was killed by a dog. (PA)
Flowers left outside the house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly where Jack Lis a 10-year-old boy was killed by a dog on Monday. The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack.
Flowers were left outside the house where Jack Lis was killed by a dog earlier this month. (PA)

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 shortly after the attack but they were unable to save the boy.

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

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