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Manchester Dogs' Home: Simon Cowell 'pledges £25,000'

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Image caption Manchester Dogs' Home said the affected building has been completely destroyed

Simon Cowell has pledged £25,000 to Manchester Dogs' Home after it was devastated by a large fire, the centre has said.

The blaze on Thursday was tackled by 130 firefighters and claimed the lives of 60 animals.

On Saturday, Cowell tweeted: "Just read about @manchdogs. Unbelievable! Donation on its way."

Lisa Graham, of Manchester Dogs' Home, said she spoke to the media mogul's agent earlier and the promise was made.

She said: "It's fantastic the support we have had, the celebrities coming in retweeting information and letting their followers know what has happened.

"The money will help us start a rebuild, it will help fund contingency plans that we have had to put into place - it's going to give us a new start."

'Absolutely overwhelming'

A JustGiving account set up in the aftermath of the fire has raised more than £1.3m.

A 15-year-old boy has been bailed after the blaze in Moss Brook Road.

About 150 dogs rescued from the fire have been moved to Cheshire Dogs' Home, near Warrington.

Image caption Dog supplies donated by the public have been collected at Christchurch, Harpurhey

The charity said 51 dogs had been fostered on Saturday, with further animals also temporarily homed on Sunday.

A spokesperson said the response for foster homes for the rescued dogs had been "absolutely overwhelming".

Following the fire, a special service is due to be held at Christchurch, Harpurhey later.

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