Calves deceased prior to blaze: investigators

Campaspe crime investigation unit detectives are continuing to investigate a suspicious fire and the death of a number of calves on a property in Girgarre earlier this month.

The fire started in two animal enclosures in a shed on the McColl Road property at about 9.30am on April 7 and a number of calves were located deceased inside after emergency services extinguished the blaze.

Investigations conducted by local detectives and officers from the Department of Agriculture revealed the calves were in extremely bad condition or deceased prior to the fire being started and the investigation is now focusing on the care and welfare of the animals prior to the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au