A number of celebrities have publicly backed a fundraising campaign to raise money, following a fire at Manchester Dogs’ Home.
Famous animal-lovers including Ricky Gervais, Phillip Schofield and Piers Morgan have all taken to their Twitter pages to encourage their followers to donate to a page set up by the Manchester Evening News, after an arson attack killed more than 50 dogs.
After retweeting a post about the campaign, Ricky commended those who have donated so far, helping to raise over £350,000 for the campaign.
When it comes to animal welfare you are the best. Between you you've raised 100s of £1000s for the devastated dogs home in Manchester.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 12, 2014
Meanwhile, other stars have also been urging people to donate money to help the animals rescued from the blaze, with 150 dogs reported as being saved from the fire.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 12, 2014
How you can help the Manchester Dogs' Home http://t.co/k21SzEQZIx— graham norton (@grahnort) September 11, 2014
The arson attack is thought to have been taken place on Wednesday evening, when firefighters were called to the scene after locals reported they could her dogs “yelping” at the animal shelter.
More than 30 firefighters brought the blaze under control with damage caused to about a third of the kennels.
A 15-year-old boy is being questioned on suspicion of arson, while a joint investigation by Greater Manchester Police and GMFRS gets under way.
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