A SCOTTISH animal rescue project has been forced to close after someone set fire to one of its buildings.

Police are appealing for information about the “wilful fire-raising”, which they said staff were alerted to by the noise of distressed animals.

The Lamont Farm Project, which is based in Erskine, said in a Facebook post: “Devastated… there are no other words to describe how we feel just now.

“Unfortunately due to a fire in the cabin last night the farm will be closed until further notice. At about 3.45am a fire was discovered in the portakabin at the front of the farm, and according to the fire brigade it appears to have been deliberate.”

Fortunately, none of the animals which the project houses – including horses, llamas, geese, pigs, bearded dragons, cats, chickens and more – were injured.

READ MORE: War of words after SNP MSP calls for end to deal with 'extremist' Greens

The Lamont Farm Project went on: “We don’t know what damage has been caused other than the massive amount of smoke and water damage as Scenes of Crime are in taking pictures and samples just now and we are not allowed access.

“We know however that the cost is going to be high especially for a small charity like us. Please watch out for any raffles etc online, we are going to be fundraising like max to try and get back on our feet after this, or if anyone can spare a pound or two then please donate.

“We are still in shock that anyone could do this, especially just feet away from our horses stables, but we are just glad that everyone got out safely.”

Detective Constable Robert Urquhart, from the Paisley Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Thankfully none of the animals were injured as a result of this but it was noise from their distress that alerted staff to the fire.

“Officers are currently checking local CCTV and checking with neighbouring properties but would appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious in the early hours of Friday morning to come forward.

“Any information can be passed to officers at Paisley via 101. Please quote reference number 0401 of Friday, 31 March 2023 when calling. Alternatively, details can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”