South West Wales

Police investigate animal cruelty after pub dog dies after fall

Archie the dog and the Hope and Anchor pub
Image caption Archie died after falling from a balcony at the pub

A man has been arrested after a Pembrokeshire pub's dog was reportedly thrown to its death from a balcony.

Police were called to investigate after the dog, called Archie, was found at closing time on Saturday at the Hope and Anchor Inn at Fishguard.

Vets confirmed that the bichon frise/King Charles spaniel cross had died from injuries suffered in the 20ft (6m) fall.

Dyfed Powys Police said a man, 33, had been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers have been speaking to regulars at the pub to find out what happened as landlady Julie Evans called last orders before finding her pet under the pub's balcony.

A family spokesperson said: "Julie is very upset - she was very fond of Archie."

Dyfed Powys Police said a 33-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

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