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More than £1 million floods in to support dog shelter destroyed by blaze

The fire claimed the lives of 53 animals and a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with it.


A DOGS’ HOME in northern England said today it is “overwhelmed” after an online appeal launched following a horrific blaze, which claimed the lives of 53 animals, raised £1 million in 24 hours.

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson over the devastating fire at Manchester Dogs’ Home, which broke out around 7pm yesterday.

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Hundreds of volunteers immediately flocked to the scene bearing blankets and dog food, while a JustGiving site was immediately launched by the Manchester Evening News.

Less than a day later, the amount raised had already topped £1 million (€1.25 million euros with more than 110,000 people donating.

On its Twitter page, the home said: “Words are not enough. Thank you everyone, you have touched our hearts and surrounded us with love and we are truly grateful.

“We are overwhelmed with the offers of help, support and money.

Around 150 dogs were rescued from the sanctuary in Harpurhey, north Manchester.

Speaking at a press conference at the scene, police officer Neil Jones explained: “Last night a local neighbourhood officer was passing and saw a plume of smoke coming up from the dogs home and responded really quickly, as did a vast number of the local community and the fire service.”

Manchester Dogs Home fire Manager at Manchester Dogs' Home Lisa Graham speaks to the media. PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Lisa Graham, from the home, added: “To think that for the length of time we’ve served this community and the many generations we’ve been serving this community and that one of them would come and do this to us is sickening.

“We had staff here last night that were coming out of the kennels in tears with dogs they knew. There were dogs in there that they cared for that they lost.”

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- © AFP 2014.

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