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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Heartbreak as 50 dogs die in blaze

Animal lovers have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds online following a blaze which killed more than 50 dogs.

The huge public response came as police continue to question a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson at Manchester Dogs Home.

Bosses at the charity which cares for more than 7,000 stray and unwanted dogs each year said they were "overwhelmed" with the offers of help.

More than €358,000 has already been donated, with the totals expected to rise further.

On its Twitter page, Manchester Dogs 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. Grateful and humbled."

Hundreds of residents flocked to the site in Moss Brook Road with dog blankets, cages and food, with some reportedly helping to save some of the animals.

More than 30 firefighters brought the blaze under control with damage caused to about a third of the kennels.

Anna Stansfield, manager of Cheshire Dogs Home, described the blaze as "soul destroying".

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