Manchester dogs home set on fire, killing 43 canines, but donors quickly raise $240,000

A dogs home in Manchester was set on fire yesterday and it has, so far, claimed the lives of 43 dogs.

Police said that the number of fatalities is expected to rise. The Manchester Fire department said 150 dogs were rescued. 

Residents who were near the area spoke of the devastating effect the fire had on the Manchester Dogs' Home.

Some even said they could hear dogs yelping.



Police said that a 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The fact that this was done on purpose has sparked massive outrage especially on social media.



But there has also been a massive outpouring of support from the local residents as they have all come together in the early hours of the morning to bring blankets for the rescued dogs.



Heroes emerged as two men (below) risked their lives to go into the dogs home and save the lives of 20 dogs.

Jason Dyer, 41, and his nephew Dean Rostock,25, jumped over the fence before kicking down doors to save the dogs' lives.

Dyer said: "We initially ran into the bit that was on fire but we couldn't get those dogs out. We went to the other kennels and began kicking out the doors. We just wanted to get them out.

"This place is part of our childhood... We just wanted to make sure as many as possible would be okay."

In less than 24 hours, people from all over the country came together to raise more than £116,000 (S$238,309) on the crowdfunding page that the local daily, Manchester Evening News, set up.

Source: Mirror, Manchester Evening News