Probe launched after dog killed and set on fire in derelict building

The remains of an Old English Bull Dog were found after police were called to reports of a fire at a building in Lanark.

Probe launched after dog killed and set on fire in derelict building © Google Maps 2022

An investigation has been launched after a dog was deliberately set on fire at a derelict building in Lanark.

The remains of an Old English Bull Dog were discovered after police were called to reports of a fire at South Lodge, at the rear of Smyllum House at around 11.30pm on Saturday, May 14.

After the fire had been extinguished, it was established that the dog had been deliberately set alight.

An investigation has been launched into the incident, with police asking for anyone with any information into the incident to come forward.

Local community policing officer, constable Josh Ellwood, Carluke Police Station, said: “We are trying to establish the full circumstances of what exactly happened to the dog and how it ended up at the derelict building.

“Officers have been making door to door enquiries and checking local CCTV but would ask people who may have been in the area of Smyllum House, a place used by locals and dog walkers, to cast their minds back to Saturday May 14, and think if they saw the dog, which is black in colour, or anyone acting suspiciously in the area between 10.30pm and 11pm.”

Information can be passed to officers via 101. Please quote reference number 4577 of Saturday May 14, 2022, when calling.

Alternatively, details can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.