Northern Ireland

Clabby dog deaths: Fire was deliberate say police

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Image caption Thirteen dogs and pups were killed in the fire at a shed in Clabby

A fire at a shed in Clabby, County Fermanagh, that resulted in the deaths of seven dogs and six pups, was started deliberately, police have said.

The fire, in the Drumcor Road area, was reported at about 20:15 BST on Saturday 18 April.

Police 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.

They said they would be increasing patrols in the area.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about the incidents to contact Enniskillen Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It is understood the fire was in a shed on land owned by relatives of a family named in a BBC Scotland documentary last week into dog breeding.

Meanwhile, 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.

"We have no doubt in our minds there is somebody out there who has information," the group's John Carmody said.

"A donor who's based in Northern Ireland has put up this generous reward of £2,000 for any accurate information that can lead to the arrest and the conviction of the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime."

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