Dog death fire started deliberately

Fire appliance
Fire appliance

A fire which killed seven dogs and six puppies in Northern Ireland was started deliberately, police said.

The blaze at a shed in the Drumcor Road area of Clabby, Co Fermanagh, happened earlier this month.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said it was being linked to a suspicious object that was found in the Clabby Road area the previous day. It turned out to be harmless.

Mr Dodds added: “Investigations have found that the fire was started deliberately.”

He said officers would be increasing patrols in the area.

The animal rights group Aran is offering a £2,000 reward for anyone who can provide information that can lead to a conviction in the case. A Northern Ireland-based donor has put up the reward.

Caseworker Michael Wheldon said: “The deaths of these dogs and puppies are too serious for us to ignore, so we’re pleading with people to do the right thing and give us any information they have.”