Boy, 10, mauled to death by dog in home as armed police rush to scene

Boy, 10, mauled to death by dog in home as armed police rush to scene

A 10-year-old boy has died after being mauled by a dog in Caerphilly on Monday afternoon.

Gwent Police confirmed officers and paramedics were called to an address in the Pentwyn area just before 4pm.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing up to 12 police cars and four ambulances at the scene and the animal was shot dead at the address.

A neighbour at the scene, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s so sad when someone dies but when a child is killed in such a tragic way it’s inexplicable.”

Another local resident added: “I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. It was horrific.”

Local Plaid Cymru councillor Steve Skivens said: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young man who has lost his life.

“We would also like to extend our thoughts to all the emergency services who attended the incident. Unfortunately an animal had to be put down

“We await the details from the police. It’s a tragic, tragic loss of a young life.”

Gwent Police released a statement that confirmed the tragedy.

It reads: “We were called to an address in Pentwyn, Penyrhoel, Caerphilly at around 3.55pm on Monday 8 November, following reports of a dog attack.

“Officers attended, including specially-trained firearms officers, alongside paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service, who confirmed that a 10-year-old boy had died at the scene.

“The dog was destroyed by firearms officers and no other animals were involved in the attack.”

Chief Superintendent Mark Hobrough added: “Officers will be making further enquiries at this time and will remain at the scene as the investigation progresses.

“It is possible that you may see ongoing police activity in Caerphilly as part of this work. You may have also seen an increased presence earlier today while officers were attending the incident, but please do not be alarmed.

“If you have concerns or information then please do stop and talk with us.”

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