A dog which killed a 10-year-old boy three weeks ago was not on the UK's banned breed list, it has been confirmed.
Wales-born Jack Lis died last month after a dog, called Beast, attacked him while at a friends house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol.
The incident took place at 4pm, and the dog was shot dead by police after the boy suffered “severe" injuries to his head and neck.
And now, local police have confirmed that the dog was an American bulldog, Wales Online reports.
Gwent Police's chief superintendent, Mark Hobrough, who is leading the case, said: “The work to identify the breed of dog involved in this attack has concluded with the dog legislation officer’s report classifying the breed as an American bulldog.
“This breed does not feature on the list of banned dogs and is therefore not illegal to own in this country.”
The maximum sentence for owning a banned dog breed is six months in prison.
The owner of the dog, a 28-year-old woman from the area, was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out-of-control dog, causing injury resulting in death – but was later released on conditional bail.
Two other men were also released from voluntary custody on the same charge.
The young boy's funeral was held last week.
The funeral procession stopped outside the Cwm Ifor Primary School, which he attended.
At the funeral, his mum Emma paid tribute to him.
She said: “My beautiful baby boy, I don't know where to begin – I've spent the last 10 years watching you grow and we started to see you grow into the most amazing man.
“My heart aches so badly, I won't get the chance to see you grow.
“I'll forever miss your stories about the games on the PlayStation, the cars you built on the games. “But most of all I'll miss your voice, my boy, and I'd give anything to hear you again.”
She ended her eulogy by saying that “his isn't a goodbye, it's a see you later dude”>
Inquiries into the incident are still ongoing, and local police are appealing for more information.
Call 101, with reference number 2100392510, if you have any details.
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