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Boy, 10, is killed by dog while visiting friend after school

A young boy about 10-year-old boy was killed by a pet dog while visiting a friend after school.

Police were called after screams were heard coming from a house where children were playing in the village of Penyrheol, near Caerphilly, South Wales.

The boy was mauled to death at the scene by the dog which was then shot dead by a police marksman.

The dog, believed to be an American Pitbull, had bitten a customer outside a nearby shop at the weekend.

It had recently been brought into the area and a family volunteered to look after it for a few hours as a favour to the owner, According to Dailymail.

Shop worker Tarjit Sandhu, 67, said:

The little boy who died was at the house with his little friend when the dog attacked. It is a fighting dog, an American pit bull, it hasn’t been in the village very long. A few days ago, it was tied up outside the shop where I work when a man customer bent down to stroke it. The dog bit him on the arm, it was quite a nasty bite.

Mr Sandhu said the attack had left the community in a state of shock and disbelief.

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