A boy, confirmed by police only as a “juvenile” aged 14 has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a major fire at Manchester Dogs’ Home.

So far 43 dogs are confirmed to have died and police have said that the number is expected to rise.

Four fire crews attended the blaze

Four fire crews attended the blaze

Four fire crews are in attendance at the fire, which started at approximately 7pm on Thursday evening at in Moss Brook Road in Harpurhey.

The fire appears to have been extinguished, but members of the public are asked to stay away while as many dogs as possible are saved.

Many dogs were rescued, but 43 perished in the fire

Many dogs were rescued, but 43 perished in the fire

Manchester Dogs’ home was established in 1893 and looks after over 7,000 dogs per year. It is funded entirely by donations from the general public.  Donations have been pouring in and since the news of the fire broke, a constant stream of locals has been turning up with supplies of dog food, leads, baskets and blankets.

Donations can be made here or by text by sending MDOG57 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.