Friday, 12 September 2014

Extraordinary

Last night a dog rescue home in Manchester was set on fire by a teenage arsonist. Over 60 dogs died in the blaze while 150 were saved but it is  the amazing reaction by locals through word of mouth and social media which is truly remarkable.
Hundreds of people turned up outside the dogs home with mountains of blankets, food, and supplies within an hour of the fire starting while others brought offers of re homing the survivors
It is thought that over a million pounds worth of donations will be received in the first 24 hours after the fire
The Great British Public lending a hand
There is something incredibly powerful that is unleashed within humans when dogs are in peril.




54 comments:

  1. I saw it on FB last night - sent to me by a friend who rescues animals. Amazing - and a fantastic response by the public. Brought tears to my eyes.

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  2. How horrible and wonderful at the same time.

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  3. I heard the basic news on the radio, but not heard about the public response ….. makes me cry! I would have been there too! Poor dogs…no punishment can make up for what that boy did.

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  4. I saw that at The Guardian. How horrible. I would expect nothing less of Brits than stepping up to the crease to help and I am pleased to learn they have.

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  5. now someone arrest that kid and hang him from the highest tree as a lesson to others!

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    1. A bit harsh anne marie, but maybe a 'bloody good hiding' as my dad used to say.
      But then some uber pc types will say that I'm being a bit harsh too.
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    2. Hanging him isn't harsh enough. I'd subject him to a far worse punishment the evil little s**t

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  6. Poor little souls...what a hideous way to die...trapped in a cage. Thank God there are still some kind folk out there willing to help.

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  7. so sorry these wonderful folks had to step up...how anyone can want to hurt one animal much less dozens...

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  8. Oh my gosh......how heartbreaking...I can't bear to think of animals suffering....
    Thank god for some really good people......
    :(

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  9. just yesterday my son said to our dog "what would humans do without you dogs' infectious happiness"

    i think that is why there was such a great response. we owe them so much

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  10. So heartbreaking, but I'm glad so many good people did the kind and decent thing.

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  11. We've just been discussing this very subject. As kind as all this is, it's a shame that those poor dogs weren't adopted beforehand.

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  12. A truly terrible act, maybe the guilty party should be made to help with the clean up. I had to give Ben an extra cuddle and an extra walk.

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  13. heart warming...something good coming out of something so evil...though my heart bleeds for the animals lost

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  14. I'm sorry, but what kind of sick fuck would do that????

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    1. My thoughts entirely.
      perhaps he will get counselling.
      little shit

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  15. How could anybody hurt those most needing of help? Thanks John. The response says it all.

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  16. When heard about all those poor dogs having such a horrific death on news this a.m. had to pull my mental shutters down. I'll go mad if I dwell on it. But ever so grateful for those who've been spared and the help from those caring people. Trying at more words will fail. Just want to think it was a very bad dream.

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  17. Hope the little shit who started the fire is charge with murder.
    Jane x

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  18. Sick fuck indeed. I've just donated and hope that when this sorry mess is cleared up they will rebuild and continue their good work. What awful news today, Manchester Dog's Home, Oscar Pistorius, and the inquest into the nurse who received the prank call (some prank). I see only the female DJ had the balls to attend the inquest.

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  19. Sick and heartless act. Heartbreaking. Thank heavens for these people coming to the aid of the dogs. Can't imagine what the poor babies are thinking...they must be so frightened. Where do you make donations?

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    1. https://www.justgiving.com/ManchesterDogsHomeMEN

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  20. It happened and is beyond comprehension. No punishment is sufficient; I hope it involves a lifetime of servitude to animals.

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  21. Manchester Evening News web site is where I found it. Sorry John not meaning to intrude just a bit emotional.

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  22. This is a good reminder that although there is great evil and sadness in the world, there is also great goodness. I like to think the good is larger than the bad, it's just that the bad gets on the news most of the time so it seems there is more of it.

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  23. I put this on my blog this morning too. When I donated it was standing at £365,000. I've just looked again and it's now at over £750,000. For every trouble soul there are a thousand angels.

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    1. As I write it's well over a million.

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  24. I am still thinking about the last line in this post.I think you meant to say something more.

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    1. Yes I was Yael
      But there was no point......
      Best to celebrate the good... I have just looked at the " just give" website..... Donations are coming in at over 100 £ a minute

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    2. I checked again literally 100 a second at times

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    3. You are right. Best celebrate the good.I wish I could remember it all the time.

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  25. We're always quicker off the mark for animals than we are for children in this country.

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    1. so true
      what about the poor girls in Rotherham
      actually I have just thought a little more about this and I am hopping mad now
      time to shut down

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    2. That is so true, Rachel. Reading through the comments here so far I am amazed how often this clearly misguided and troubled young man has been called "a shit". Why not pour all that money, spent on unwanted dogs, into helping those little 'shits' to a better life? The whole story saddens me but clearly not for the reason it saddens British people with their peculiar love affair with dogs. How about caring for the "under"dog?

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    3. Yes, I feel sorry for the boy who has gone down this dreadful avenue and he needs help.

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  26. It was all just so awful - and that teenage arsonist - what made him do it - what sort of life has he had that brought him to such depravity. I do agree about folk and dogs, yet why are so many abandoned - near to us I read in the local paper today, a whole litter of husky puppies was abandoned - the folk who owned them had realised that they a) cost too much to feed and b)needed an awful lot of looking after and exercise. Game of Thrones has a lot to answer for. Human nature is a peculiar thing. But in this instance it is, I agree, heartwarming.

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  27. I'm still trying to grasp how powerful social media can be, after dismissing it for a few years as a fad. My daughter keeps telling me this, her group/circle have managed to get a car for a family in need, on and on.
    And yes, Rachel. We're, at least in the media, quicker to react for animals than kids.

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  28. No words, cannot imagine the terror those dogs felt.

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  29. Breaks my heart!!

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  30. This is amazing. Thank you to all the people who stepped in to help and thank you to all the people who set up/worked at the dog rescue station to begin with. One of our dogs was rescued from a puppy mill by an amazing organization. She had lived at the puppy mill for six years. It was hell with the lid off. I'm very sad that so many of the dogs died but hope that the survivors will find a loving forever-home.

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  31. I can't bear to think about their suffering. An evil evil act.
    Thank God there are still good people left in this fucked up world of ours.

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  32. What a horror for those dogs. The numbers of help and money shows the heart of the country.

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  33. I am so glad that people stepped in when needed - and so sorry that it was another person who made it necessary. We are a very mixed lot.

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  34. We heard this dreadful news all the way here in Florida , it is heartbreaking and I am so glad this rescue got help from the locals.

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  35. John, I think people in general love to be able to help. We humans have more compassion than we are given credit.

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  36. How terrible.
    I'm thankful there's so many good people in the world.

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  37. Hope they name and shame the little shit and don't withhold his name because he is a juvenile as they would here.

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  38. There has been a wonderful reaction hasn't there, Manchester folk, as others, are brilliant in a crisis.

    And I'm very proud to say that one of my relations was the leading fire officer there and he has nothing but the utmost praise for the members of public that rallied to the animals aid and enabled them to get on with their jobs putting out the fire.

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  39. Truly the best and the worst in people -- I hope they've gotten this teenager responsible -- I am sure his parents are proud of him (grrrrrrr)...

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  40. I appreciate all the people who are helping, but why didn't they step forward to adopt dogs before? Or at least foster them? That's an awful lot of homeless dogs in one building. So sad.

    Love,
    Janie

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  41. Very tragic...but nothing stirs hearts of Brits more than animals in peril (or a cup of tea)

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