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Manchester Dogs' Home warns of door-to-door cash con

Misty the Jack Russell is fussed over outside Manchester Dogs Home Image copyright PA
Image caption The home normally holds between 250 to 300 dogs and currently has 12 on site

Manchester Dogs' Home has issued a warning over fraudulent house-to-house callers claiming to raise money for the fire-damaged site.

The reports have come from Worsley in Salford and Leigh, near Wigan, with callers asking for bank details.

Fifty dogs died in the blaze, which broke out at the building in Moss Brook Road, Harpurhey, on 11 September.

More than 100 dogs were rescued and donations totalling £2m have been raised.

The message on Twitter said: "Warning to public: Anyone coming door-to-door in the Manchester area to set up direct debit donations to the Dogs' Homes, it's not us!"

Staff have asked anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of the scam to contact police.

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

Image caption Costs for the repairs have been estimated at up to £2m

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

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

It is run entirely on donations from the public.

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.

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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
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Image caption Fifty animals that were ready to be rehomed died in the blaze
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Image caption The warning on Twitter

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