An appeal set up to help Manchester Dogs’ Home after fire tore through its premises, killing at least 43 dogs, has raised more than £740,000 in less than a day.

According to reports, firefighters were called to the home in Moss Brook Road in Harpurhey at around 7pm yesterday (September 11). About 150 dogs were injured and moved to the charity’s sister home in Grappenhall, Cheshire.

An investigation has been launched by Greater Manchester Police and the fire service, and a 15-year-old boy is being questioned on suspicion of arson.

Marcus Noden of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC: “We are in the very early stages of the investigation and have a young boy in custody; however, we would ask if anyone was in the area and remembers seeing anything suspicious around the dogs’ home that they call the police and tell us what they know.

“As a dog owner myself I understand many people will feel angry and upset about what has happened, but I would ask they let the police carry out its investigations and not take matters into their own hands.”

In a statement on its website, the home – which was established in 1893 and cares for more than 7,000 dogs every year – asked people to not phone the home as its lines were down because of the fire.

“The access to the home is restricted to necessary personnel so visitors are asked to please refrain from calling in person till further notice,” it said. “We are extremely grateful for the help and support from the community and well wishers.

“We will try to keep you updated via the website.”

A JustGiving account set up by the Manchester Evening News for the home has so far topped £740,000.

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