A TEN year old boy has died following a dog attack in Caerphilly, police have said. 

The incident occured in a house in Pentwyn, Penyrheol, Caerphilly on Monday, November 8, at roughly 4pm. 

The Welsh Ambulance Service dispatched paramedics to the location, where they unfortunately pronounced the child dead.

The dog was killed by firearms officers, according to Gwent Police, and the officers will remain in the area while an investigation is conducted.

On Monday, a large number of emergency vehicles were on the site, responding to the situation.

Ch Supt Mark Hobrough said: “Officers will be making further inquiries 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.”

He urged the public not to be alarmed adding: “If you have concerns or information then please do stop and talk with us.”

CAERPHILLY, WALES – NOVEMBER 8: Police scene of crime officers at the scene on November 8, 2021 in Caerphilly, Wales. Image by Matthew Horwood

A nearby resident said: “The dog has been a nuisance on the estate for a bit of a time.

“I took our son down to the local shop a few days ago, and he was down there then and he was lunging at my son.

“My son is three years old and I had to pick up my son just to move around the dog because of the size on him.”

According to a neighbour, the attack occurred inside one of the houses on the street. He says he is shocked to hear what has happened.

The street is in the middle of a large housing estate and a few police vehicles were still parked on the street on Monday night. 

Member of the Senedd (MS) for Caerphilly, Hefin David, said: “My thoughts tonight are with the families involved. I know the close-knit community will rally round and offer support.”

South Wales East MS Natasha Asghar added: “My heart goes out to this little boy and his family in Caerphilly who must be utterly devastated after what’s happened today.”