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Woman and teenager plead guilty over 115lb American bully dog ​​named ‘Beast’ who mauled boy to death

A woman and a teenager have pleaded guilty to being in charge of a 115lb dog called ‘Beast’ that mauled a schoolboy to death.

Jack Lis had been playing at a friend’s house after school when he was attacked by the American bully, or XL bully dog, on November 8, 2021.

The ten-year-old was left with ‘severe injuries to the head and neck’ at the home of Amy Salter in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, near Caerphilly in Wales.

Now Salter, 28, and Brandon Hayden, 19, have admitted their involvement in his death.

Brandon Hayden, pictured, pleaded guilty to being the owner of the dog that killed Jack and five offenses of owning a dog dangerously out of control between November 4 and 7

Amy Salter, pictured left, and Brandon Hayden, right, admitted being a person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, causing injury resulting in Jack’s death

Tragic Jack Lis, pictured, had gone to a friend's house after school when he was attacked by the dog on November 8, last year

Tragic Jack Lis, pictured, had gone to a friend’s house after school when he was attacked by the dog on November 8, last year

An inquest into his death earlier heard Jack was attacked by a dog after he entered a friend's home.  Police later destroyed the dog, pictured

An inquest into his death earlier heard Jack was attacked by a dog after he entered a friend’s home. Police later destroyed the dog, pictured

At Cardiff Crown Court today Salter, of Trethomas, Caerphilly, admitted being a person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, causing injury resulting in Jack’s death.

Hayden, of Penyrheol, Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to being the owner of the dog that killed Jack.

The teenager also admitted five offenses of owning a dog dangerously out of control between November 4 and 7.

The court heard two of those incidents resulted in injuries to two members of the public, Michael Ball and Sian Sullivan.

Ms Sullivan was injured by the dog on November 7, the day before Jack was attacked.

Salter and Hayden spoke only to confirm their names and to enter their pleas.

Members of Jack’s family sat in the public gallery throughout the hearing, as Judge Fitton QC set a date for sentencing on June 10.

He granted both bail but said: ‘The likely outcome, particularly for Mr Hayden, is there will be an immediate custody.’

After his death, Jack's heartbroken family said 'our lives will never be the same' without the schoolboy

After his death, Jack’s heartbroken family said ‘our lives will never be the same’ without the schoolboy

Jack Lis, pictured, suffered unsurvivable injuries to the head an neck after he was attacked by the dog

Jack Lis, pictured, suffered unsurvivable injuries to the head an neck after he was attacked by the dog

The pair were allowed to remain on bail on the condition they do not contact prosecution witnesses, enter Penyrheol, or be in possession of any dog.

Hayden was also told he must not upload any photos of himself with dogs online.

Salter was told not to have any contact with children under the age of 18 unless granted by social services.

The emergency services including paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service were called to the house where Jack was attacked at around 3.55pm but were unable to save him.

He suffered severe injuries to the head and neck described as ‘unsurvivable’, an inquest opening into Jack’s death heard.

Police firearms officers attended the scene and destroyed the dog.

'Beast', a 115lb American bully, or XL bully dog, was destroyed after the incident which claimed Jack's life

‘Beast’, a 115lb American bully, or XL bully dog, was destroyed after the incident which claimed Jack’s life

The animal was later found to be a 115lb American bully or XL bully, which are not on the banned breed list.

In a statement issued the day after he was killed, Jack’s heartbroken family said: ‘We are absolutely heartbroken. Our lives will never be the same without Jack.

‘This is not something any parent should ever have to be writing.

‘We have so many words we want to say about our beautiful boy, but they do not seem enough.

At an inquest opening held in March, Coroner Caroline Saunders said Jack's death had been 'violent and unnatural'

At an inquest opening held in March, Coroner Caroline Saunders said Jack’s death had been ‘violent and unnatural’

‘We love him more than words can describe. Our boy made us the proudest parents and family on the planet. He was the sweetest of boys.

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

‘He’s forever in our hearts. Sweet dreams Jack, our perfect boy.’

A funeral held for Jack at St Martin’s Church in Caerphilly was attended by hundreds of people wearing red and carrying red balloons in his memory.

A procession of high-end cars, including a silver DeLorean DMC-12 and red Mustang, took place prior to the service around the town and castle.

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