I’m tortured by memory of my boy being mauled to death by a dog called Beast – no more parents should suffer this agony

One mother said the memory of her boy being beaten to death by a dog named Beast haunted her – and she hopes no other parents have to suffer the same agony.

Jack Lis, 10, was killed by the 8 Stone XL bat dog while playing at a friend’s house in Caerphilly, south Wales.

Jack Lis, 10, was beaten to death by an American bully dog


Jack Lis, 10, was beaten to death by an American bully dogPhoto credit: PA
His mother Emma has spoken of her devastation


His mother Emma has spoken of her devastationPhoto credit: Athena

The youngster suffered “severe injuries to his head and neck” after the eight stone devil dog attacked him in November 2021.

Now his devastated mother Emma Whitfield, 32, has revealed how memories of the brutal attack haunted her.

She told that Mirror: “I still have terrible flashbacks. I can still see the animal and its teeth.”

“I hear the barking. You experience it several times a day – it is torture.”

“I still think it’s incredible. I was sitting on the sofa or on the way home and it hits you again.”

Jack had just been playing with a buddy when he went to another friend’s house down the street.

Inside, the giant beast devastated the student, leaving “unsurvivable” injuries.

The beast’s owner Brandon Hayden, 19, was eventually sentenced to four years and six months in prison – while Amy Salter, 29, who was asked by Hayden to look after the dog at her home, was sentenced to three years in prison .

The couple pleaded guilty to responsibility for a dangerously runaway dog.

Both Hayden and Salter have been banned from owning a dog indefinitely.

Beast’s previous owner tried to get rid of the dog just days before the scare, fearing it would attack.

He wrote an appeal on a bulldog’s Facebook page, claiming the American pit bull-style animal was “great with people” but “unfortunately doesn’t like other dogs.”

The owner said: “I’ve tried my best with him, I have other dogs and I can’t endanger them.”

“He needs someone who has time.”

He accompanied the post with a picture of the giant dog baring his muscles.

The dog had just been adopted by the family of one of Jack’s school friends when he brutally abused the boy.

Emma shared that Jack loved snuggling with the family’s Shar Pei dog and cats.

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She said: “His little brother James turned 10 in August – they’re 18 months apart.”

“Instead of taking two boys to school, it’s now just one.”


“Beast” left Jack with non-survivable injuriesPhoto credit: WNS

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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