Friday, 12 September 2014

Fire At Manchester Dogs' Home


Last night, someone set fire to a dogs' home in Manchester, which has been caring for strays and unwanted pets since 1893. 150 dogs were rescued, and so far 60 have died.

I can't believe anyone could be so callous.

These poor little things can't have had the easiest of lives considering they've ended up in a dogs home and now someone decides to burn them alive. It's utterly sickening. As a dog mummy I can't bear the thought of how frightened they must have been.

Manchester Evening News set up a Just Giving page for donations to help the survivors. They set a target of £5000 when the page opened twelve hours ago. When I donated about ten minutes ago the donations had already reached £365,000. Aren't the public brilliant?

The surviving dogs are being cared for all round the city and members of the public have been bringing blankets and food for them.

Here's the link to the Just Giving Page if you want to help:

https://www.justgiving.com/ManchesterDogsHomeMEN 

(Photos below from Manchester Evening News)







CT x

23 comments:

  1. Just terrible CT. I can't believe someone of that age could commit such an appalling act. xx

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    1. He must be feeling absolutely petrified now, given the very public outcry. What on earth could have been going through his head to make him do such a thing to defenceless animals? It's beyond distressing. xx

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  2. I am shocked that anyone would do such a heinous act - it just sickens my heart. There are good people in the world and the amount raised shows that. Criminals should re REALLY, REALLY PUNISHED for crimes, instead of the pat on the wrist and few days served. Tragic indeed.

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    1. I agree- more angels than demons in this world, thank goodness. I don't know how you best react to a fifteen year old whose actions brought this about. I like to think there is redemption for everyone. I hope he feels utterly remorseful and understands what it is he has done.

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  3. Disgusted by this louts actions.... Perhaps he should be fed alive to a pack of wolves.

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    1. It makes you wonder what goes on in some people's hearts, doesn't it? He can't have ever known love and affection or ever bonded with an animal to have been capable of doing something like this. It's tragic and pitiable. His life will forever more be connected to those of the animals he has killed. What a mess.
      On the positive side, I see the fund has a new target of 1 million, and has already reached over 700,000 towards that. Just a bit up on the 5 grand they initially hoped to get :-)
      Bless the lost little ones- someone wrote on the Just Giving page to all the dogs who died that they were all special and were all loved, even though they didn't know it. It's very touching.

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  4. Absolutely shocking isn't it. Thanks for the link.

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    1. I had tears pouring down my face when I read about it this morning. So terribly cruel. Hopefully now all the dogs that have been saved and those who are injured will find loving homes. They bloomin well deserve it. I am very tempted to offer one a home here. Not sure what m would say....

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    2. Oh no- I hadn't heard the news yet today. I am sitting here looking at Flossy next to me and remembering treking round various dogs homes in tears before finding her. It was so sad to see all those poor dogs who had done nothing wrong, and not being able to help them all. I just can't think how anyone could set fire to a home caring for defenceless creatures....
      Thank you so much for the information about site to donate. I hope that it hightlights the plight of unwanted and abandoned dogs and just encourages more people to adopt rather than buy a pet...

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    3. It's interesting (and encouraging) how something good often comes from something terrible. Now the rescue home will be rebuilt better than it could have ever have been and I strongly suspect offers to rehome dogs will be at an all time high. Teddy came to us from a rescue centre. I've been giving our two extra cuddles all day and shuddering whenever I think about the poor little ones who lost their lives. It strikes at the heart. I'm so glad you found Flossy- I think she's lovely xx

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  5. I too am absolutely disgusted and can't imagine how frightened those poor dogs must have been. Those poor animals had already had a difficult time in their life to end up there in the first place. Donations just now were £909,000. Sarah x

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    1. It's such an inhumane thing to do. I wonder at the mindset of someone who could deliberately perpetrate such a crime. Donations have now reached over 1 million... xx

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    1. Terrible, but let's hope the money raised can now work to change lots of lives xx

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  7. Absolutely dreadful, how on earth could anyone do such a thing.

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  8. Its dreadfully sad news - how on earth anyone can do such a thing is totally beyond me :(

    Well done on the Hummingbird Hawkmoth by the way - another great garden sighting :)

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    1. A very troubled individual I guess. I see the donations now stand at nearly 1.3 million and the web site for the home says all the dogs are receiving treatment that need it and those that don't are being cared for. I just hope this raises awareness and more people consider a rescue dog than might have done before.
      SO pleased to see the HBHM- I've been keeping my eyes peeled since but haven't seen it again.

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  9. A terrible terrible thing CT. It's quite amazing how much everyone has given. I lived and worked in Manchester, and I can say there are plenty of ferral humans about, no life, no aspirations, no intelligence and no hope. I would make the person who did it and their entire family responsible. They leave them to run ferral and accept no responsibility...and this is what happens.

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    1. I agree- get him rebuilding the home and looking after the dogs. That's got to be of more benefit than locking him up and would probably make him realise what he's done and prevent him doing it again. It's very hard to understand that level of inhumanity existing in someone so young. But the public response has been hugely heartening, which goes some way to balancing the horror.

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  10. What goes through some peoples heads I'll never know!! Those poor dogs, its absolutely heartbreaking to think of their suffering.. :'(

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    1. It's very hard to comprehend such a lack of basic humanity, but more than balanced by the wonderful response from the public, thank goodness.

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    2. Yes we mustn't forget those wonderful people who helped and who have donated money/items :o)

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