Seven dogs doused in petrol and burned alive in sick arson attack

A family have been left heartbroken and feeling 'unsafe' after a sicko snuck into their kennels and burned their seven dogs alive in an arson attack, the barbarity of which left cops crying.

The horrific attack took place on Sunday morning (July 17) and saw the dogs doused in petrol before they were set alight in the family's kennels in allotments in Garden City in Rhymney.

Emma Frowen, 42, said her two sons and their girlfriends mainly looked after the dogs, which they have had for two years, reports WalesOnline.

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The murdered dogs included two French bulldogs named Gucci and Chanel, a pregnant cocker spaniel called Poppy, which was due to give birth in three weeks, a bull cross called Yogi, and three bull greyhounds called Ice, Narla, and Ferne.

Emma, who lives just two minutes drive from the kennel described the horror of discovering the dogs "screaming" in agony after the attack.

She was woken up in the middle of the night by her daughter-in-law who could hear the dogs barking and saw the flames.

They went to the landing window and saw the fire.

Emma said: "We could see all the sheds where all the dogs were, flames as high as the house – and everything up in flames.

"My son tried kicking [the kennel doors] open, trying to rip them open, but he was burning his hands."

"The fire brigade came and you could still hear the dogs screaming and yapping and then all of a sudden you couldn't hear anything. They were all dead."

The fire brigade confirmed to Emma and her family that it was an arson attack leading the rest of the kennels to be guarded until Sunday afternoon as the police and fire service continued to put out the smouldering fire and investigate the incident.

"We weren't allowed to touch the dogs until forensics came," said Emma. With the help of the fire brigade she and her family used sheets and blankets, provided by neighbours, to wrap up the dog's burnt bodies and carry them out of the destroyed kennels.

One of the dogs, Ice, was missing but was found in a neighbouring field having escaped the inferno. They took Ice to the vets but he had 80% burns over his body that were so severe he had to be put to sleep.

"We brought him back home and we buried him with the rest of them," said Emma.

Emma said she couldn't understand why anyone would carry out such a "sick, vile attack". She added: "It was horrendous, absolutely horrendous.

"The police were crying as well – the lady sergeant. Everyone was just sobbing down there because they had never seen anything like it.

"For someone to come and do that they need locking up because they are absolutely twisted and sick in the head. There is something seriously wrong with people like that.

"To be honest I don't feel safe in my own house at the moment. Could they come and do it here? They're just animals – absolute animals, those people."

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A Gwent Police spokesman said: "We received a report of a fire in Brynhyfryd, Rhymney, at around 2.10am on Sunday, July 17. A section of land, including outbuildings, was set alight and officers from the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that the fire was deliberately started."

A spokesman for RSPCA Cymru said: "We are very sad to hear about this upsetting incident and would urge anyone with information to contact Gwent Police. Our thoughts are with the owners of these poor dogs during this distressing time.”

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