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Funeral held for schoolboy, 10, who was mauled in savage dog attack

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The mother of a boy who was mauled to death in a savage dog attack has paid emotional tribute to her son as hundreds of mourners donned red and paid their respects at his funeral. 

10-year-old Jack Lis, from Pentwyn, Penyrheol, died after being attacked by the 115lb beast while playing at a friend's house after school on Monday, November 8. The schoolboy suffered 'unsurvivable' injuries to his head and neck and was pronounced dead just after 4pm. 

Crowds lined the streets and clapped as the funeral made its way to St Martin's Church, Caerphilly, where songs Start Over by Flame, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa, and Family Tree by Ramz were played at the service. 

In an emotional reading, Jack's mother Emma Whitfield said: 'I spent the last 10 years watching you grow and we got to start seeing you grow into an amazing man.

'My heart aches so bad that we won't get to see you grow into that incredible man. This isn't goodbye, this is a see you later dude.'

A fundraiser set up on behalf of Ms Whitfiel, 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'.

Hundreds of mourners donned red to pay their respects to 10-year-old schoolboy Jack Lis. Pictured: Jack's coffin is led out of St Martin's Church

Jack Lis, from Pentwyn, Penyrheol, died after being mauled by the 115lb beast while playing at a friend's house after school on Monday November 8 

The coffin of Jack Lis is carried into St Martin's Church, Caerphilly on Thursday November 25

People let off red balloons in honour of Jack Lis at his funeral held in Caerphilly, Wales on Thursday

Mourners wipe away tears at the funeral of schoolboy Jack Lis at St Martin's Church in Caerphilly on Thursday, November 25

The Reverend Mark Greenway Robbins told the congregation: 'None of us expected to be here and no one wanted to be here but let us take a moment to think of how we remember Jack.

'Hold onto that particular memory of him that you treasure him for and thank him for. And let's honour him for a moment in the quiet together.

'As we remember times of tears and laughter we thank God because of the love we shared for Jack.'

One of Jack's family spoke during the service and said: 'I hope he looks down on everything we do with a smile. We want to make him as proud of us as we are of him.'

A tribute from his best friend, which was read out, said: 'Jack you went away too soon. I never got to say goodbye but I look forward to the day we meet again.

'Thanks for being an amazing friend, you will always be in my heart.'

The order of service showed photos of Jack playing in a park, in his school uniform and on a scooter, as well as pictures of a selection of cars.

Jack's family asked any further donations go to the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity which helps bereaved families who have lost children.

Jack was outside his house in Penyrheol, Caerphilly, where he had been 'playing with a friend'.

The two then went to his friend's home in a neighbouring street after classes on Monday, November 8 when the dog attack happened.

Neighbours and paramedics tried to save the schoolboy but he died at the scene and the dog was destroyed on site. A 28-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the dog attack. 

Eyewitnesses said the brown and white American pitbull-type dog was shot seven times by armed officers after it launched a horror attack on Jack. 

The powerful 115lb dog which savaged the schoolboy had only been with his friend's family for days after being sold by roofer Lee Jenkins. 

Mourners release red balloons as the hearse carrying the coffin of Jack Lis arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly

Musical tributes were played while a procession of supercars and historic motors that flanked the hearse

The procession included some of the expensive motors favourited by car-fanatic Jack

The coffin of Jack Lis pictured with a detailed decal of his favourite car, a modified Toyota Supra, is carried in a hearse in Caerphilly 

Connor (aged 4) holds a red balloon as the funeral procession of Jack Lis arrives at St Martin's Church, Caerphilly

Crowds lined the streets and clapped as the funeral made its way to St Martin's Church, Caerphilly

Jack's love of rap music, cars and drifting were talked about during the service and a picture of his favourite car, a Toyota Supra, was displayed on his coffin

The online advert described the animal as having a height of 24ttw - about the same as a labrador - and weighing 115lbs. Jenkins named the dog 'Beast' when he advertised the animal on Facebook and described it as being 'grate with people.'

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

Adding: 'We will forever miss his quirky ways and his stories that he would spend so long telling us.'

Labour MP Wayne David called for an urgent review into dangerous dog laws after Jack's 'traumatic' and 'tragic' death, as detectives investigate whether the animal was one of four outlawed breeds, which include the American Pitbull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Braziliero.   

Eyewitnesses said the brown and white beast (above) was shot seven times by armed officers after it launched a horror attack on Jack

Neighbours and paramedics tried to save schoolboy Jack Lis (pictured) but he died at the scene and the dog was destroyed on site 

Coroner Caroline Saunders said Jack's death had been 'violent and unnatural'. She adjourned the inquest pending the outcome of a criminal investigation

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

Police say a dog legislation expert has now been brought in to examine its features to see if it the dog is a breed allowed in the UK.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough said experts will 'look at the character traits of the dog' to see if it is a banned breed.

He said: 'We are looking at all potential offences and all potential actions that need to come as a result of this investigation.'

Dangerous dog legislation in the UK

What is the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991?

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans or restricts certain types of dogs and makes it an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be deemed dangerously out of control.

It was introduced 30 years ago by Home Secretary Kenneth Baker 'to rid the country of the menace of these fighting dogs' after a string of attacks.

Which dogs are banned in the UK?

It is illegal to own four breeds of dogs without an exemption from a court. They are:

The law also criminalises cross-breeds of the above four types of dog - meaning that whether a dog is prohibited will depend on a judgement about its physical characteristics, and whether they match the description of a prohibited 'type'.

What happens if there's a dog attack?

You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months if your dog is dangerously out of control. 

You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.

If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined. If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with 'malicious wounding'.

And if you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine. 

Why has the Act been criticised? 

Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Veterinary Association have protested against the ban, insisting there is no scientific evidence that all individuals of a breed are dangerous.

However, Met Police data suggests that in incidents involving 'dangerously out of control dogs', banned breeds account for about a fifth of offences.

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