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Donations flood in for dogs charity

Tuesday September 16th 2014

The future of a Manchester animal charity looks positive, with more than £1.2 million raised in less than 48 hours via an online fundraising drive.

The Manchester Evening News set up a JustGiving page for Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home just after 10pm on Thursday night, after a blaze took hold of the charity's building earlier that evening.

More than 50 dogs tragically died in the fire but around 150 were rescued. And with more than 100,000 donations already made, the fundraising target of £1 million has been smashed in no time at all.

TV funnyman and animal lover Ricky Gervais provided an early publicity boost for the fundraising page when he retweeted the appeal to his six million followers on social networking website Twitter.

The charity has re-homed more than one million dogs since it opened its doors in 1893. It looks after more than 7,000 stray and unwanted dogs each year and is able to find a new home for 95% of them.

Bosses at the dogs home say they are "overwhelmed" by the generosity shown by those who have donated.

The majority of the donations have been anonymous text messages pledging just a few pounds each. The fundraising total was rising by an unbelievable £10,000 every five minutes at one stage.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson over the incident, which took place in the Harpurhey area of Manchester shortly after 7pm on Thursday.

Copyright Press Association 2014