A post-mortem is due to be carried out on two dogs found bound together and weighted down in a lake on Friday evening.
Police have also launched a criminal investigation following the grisly discovery of the two German Shepherds in Carrick Lough, situated in the Carricklongfield Road area of Aughnacloy.
They were weighted down with an 8kg dumbbell. A post-mortem will establish whether the dogs were alive at the time of being submerged in the water.
Inspector Hughes said: “Officers received a report that the dogs were found weighted down in the water shortly after 7pm on Friday, August 4.
“The dogs were removed from the lake and have been taken to a vet where a post-mortem will be carried out in due course. We are engaging with the local dog warden.
“Our enquiries are underway and anyone who noticed anything suspicious is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1562 of 04/08/23.”
You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/