Last night, Manchester Dogs’ Home became an inferno.
The story of the centenarian dogs home that was set alight went around the country and back again last night. It carried details so horrific that bile rose in the throat. The yelps of dogs could be heard from around the centre, as forty-three of them perished in the flames.
The suspect? A fourteen year-old boy.
Manchester is a place we are proud to the very bones of, and temporary shame turned swiftly to pride when the reality of our city’s generosity came to the fore.
The city has overnight, raised a staggering £1,005,000 in charity for the dog home, while dozens of citizens have been queuing up to donate food, blankets and supplies to the remaining one hundred and fifty dogs who were removed from the burning building and secured outside.
The response has been overwhelming, with Twitter feeds brimming with human kindness and outrage.
Todays light provided overwhelming proof that wonderful Mancunians outweigh naff ones. And this time, the fact is proved again through the indisputable solidity of bodies offering aid and donators sparing cash.
The intrinsic love of dogs and passion for our city has risen up higher than the flames of any arsonist ever could.
Because one naff Mancunian amongst hundreds of thousands of wonderful ones is a not a cat among pigeons but a coward amongst heroes.
Big thanks is owed to the M.E.N and Key 103 too.
Donate by texting MDOG57 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 or by delivering aid to North Manchester Police HQ.
Anyone wanting to foster a dog should fill in the form here: dogshome.net/contact-us
Let’s get these dogs in loving homes…