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Fermanagh shed fire which killed 13 dogs and pups 'started deliberately'

£2,000 reward put forward by animal rights group for information about the fire

By Claire Williamson

Published 23/04/2015

Forensic officers at the home in Fermanagh where the dogs died
Forensic officers at the home in Fermanagh where the dogs died

Police have confirmed a fire which killed seven dogs and six pups in a shed Co Fermanagh was started deliberately.

It happened on Saturday April 18 in the Drumcor Road area of Clabby at around 8.15pm.

Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said: "Investigations have found that the fire was started deliberately.

"This incident is currently being linked to a suspicious object being found in the Clabby Road area on Friday 17 April which turned out to be nothing untoward.

"To ensure the protection of the public, there will be increased police patrols in the area. I would ask anyone with any information on this to contact Enniskillen Police Staton on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

A monetary reward has been put forward by an animal rights group for information about the fire from members of the public.

A donor based in Northern Ireland for Aran, Ireland's national animal protection group, has offered a fixed reward of £2,000 to anyone that can provided  information that is "accurate and reliable" to settle the cause of the fire that killed the animals.

In a statement Aran also said the money is up for grabs any member of the public able to identify "a person or persons responsible".

ARAN’s Northern Ireland caseworker Michael Wheldon said: “ARAN appeals for calm in this case that is clearly affecting huge numbers of compassionate people not just in Fermanagh but across Northern Ireland

“Whilst there is various reports about how this fire was started, we are hoping our reward will prompt someone out there to pick up the phone and call us or indeed their nearest PSNI office with the information that is needed.

"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.

"ARAN would also encourage people to always adopt animals from a pound or shelter, and to never buy from a puppy breeder or farm.”

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