Police are treating a fire which gutted a shed attached to kennels containing racing greyhounds as wilful.
The blaze was discovered around 7pm last night (Sunday) at Hamilton Road in Hawick.
The dogs escaped unhurt but the shed and its contents were destroyed.
Officers have now appealed for information and witnesses.
Chief Inspector John Scott said; “This was a deliberate attempt to cause significant damage and which could have resulted in serious injury to the animals.
“We are keen to hear from anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible.”
Information can be passed to Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.