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Last Updated: Friday, 27 August, 2004, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Pig dies in arson attack
The pig was
The pig was "one of the family' in the Kyle household
Arsonists have killed a family's pet pig in County Antrim.

Fire crews and the police were called to a burning shed in Ballymena at about 2230 BST on Thursday.

They discovered the pot-bellied pig dead inside the shed at Sunningdale park in the Carniny area of the town.

The owner, Sean Kyle, said whoever started the fire would have seen and heard the pig, which belonged to his sons, Adam and Andrew.

"They have only had it nine months, but they got really attached to it. It was one of the family," he said.

He said those responsible for the fire "knew what they were doing".

The shed was destroyed in the attack
The shed was destroyed in the attack
"The fact they never let the pig out before they set fire to it, they knew they were going to kill the pig.

"I think it takes a big man to sneak into a garden and set a shed on fire and kill a family pet."

He also said it was not the first time his home had been targeted by arsonists.

On Monday night a bin was pushed up against the back door and set alight.

The family have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Police have said Thursday night's fire was started maliciously.

They want anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact them.

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