Police have arrested a 14 year old boy following a fire at Manchester Dogs Home which has killed over 40 dogs.
Police responded to an emergency call to the dogs home which is located on Moss Bank Road in Harpurhey, Manchester at 7.20pm.
Police arrested a 14-year-old school boy on suspicion of arson he remains in police custody and faces questioning.
Greater Manchester Fire Service have confirmed the fire is under control, tragically over 40 dogs have been killed, a number of dog are injured.
Superintendent Marcus Noden said: “We are working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to establish how this tragedy has occurred. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and have a young boy in custody, however we would ask if anyone was in the area and remembers seeing anything suspicious around the dogs’ home that they call police and tell us what they know.
“As a dog owner myself I understand that many people will feel angry and upset about what has happened, but I would ask that they let the police carry out their investigations and not take matters into their own hands.
“We have received an over whelming response from the public and would ask if anyone wants to help they canmake donations of food or bedding to North Manchester divisional headquarters on Northampton Road in Newton Heath.”
Anyone with information should call policeon 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.