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Manchester Dogs' Home fire donations reach £2m

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Image caption Fifty animals that were ready to be rehomed died in the blaze

Manchester Dogs' Home has received donations totalling £2m from the public since it was severely damaged in a fire in which 50 animals died.

More than 100 dogs were rescued from the blaze, which broke out at the building in Moss Brook Road, Harpurhey, on 11 September.

Manager Lisa Graham said the "worldwide support" from well-wishers would help build a new facility.

A 15-year-old boy, held on suspicion of arson, has been released on bail.

Ms Graham said: "The scale of the work we have to do is enormous, but there is a lot of hope.

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Image caption Many of the dogs rescued from the fire have been moved to other sites, including Cheshire Dogs' Home, near Warrington

"Because of the donations we've seen, Manchester Dogs' Home will have a chance at rebuilding a kennel area that we never could have achieved under other circumstances."

Many of the dogs rescued from the fire were moved to other sites, including Cheshire Dogs' Home, near Warrington.

Ms Graham said about 10 days after the fire, when demolition crews had made the site safe, staff were allowed back on site and some dogs are being housed in one unaffected kennel area.

The home normally holds between 250 to 300 dogs and currently has 12 on site.

Image caption Costs for the repairs have been estimated at up to £2m
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Image caption The home normally holds between 250 to 300 dogs and currently has 12 on site

Initial work to make the site safe and to allow the charity to continue to function has been carried out by local builders Aydee Dunkley and Danny Fletcher.

Mr Dunkley said they had been giving their time for free because "when something like this happens to a charity, donations just aren't enough to cope with what's happened".

The Manchester home was established in 1893 and cares for more than 7,000 dogs every year.

It is run entirely on donations from the general public.

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