Chesterfield rallies around to help dogs after Manchester blaze

Tammy Carpenter, Rhianne Caroll and Caroline Tilley with their dogs Finley, Roxy and Zeus.

Tammy Carpenter, Rhianne Caroll and Caroline Tilley with their dogs Finley, Roxy and Zeus.

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Generous folk across Chesterfield have pulled together to help 150 dogs which survived a major fire in Manchester.

Residents have donated dozens of bags full of dog food, blankets and toys to the pooches in a huge charity effort co-ordinated by Chesterfield businesswoman Caroline Tilley.

Firefighters were called to Manchester Dogs’ Home at about 7pm on Thursday after reports of a huge blaze in one of the kennels.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said about 60 dogs had died.

Upon hearing the news, Caroline issued an urgent appeal through the Derbyshire Times calling on residents to donate items at Bottom Club, on Wellington Street, New Whittington, for the surviving animals.

All those items are now on their way to Cheshire Dogs’ Home – where the rescued pooches are being kept – after Chesterfield’s Pets at Home store offered to take them there.

Caroline, who runs Doggie Home from Home, said: “This was such a terrible incident but I’m absolutely overwhelmed at the amount of people who’ve come forward to help.

“We even had a youngster who bought a tennis ball with their pocket money and donated it.

“There’s been a real sense of community spirit and everyone should be very proud of themselves.” Caroline also thanked landlady Tammy Carpenter, who allowed Bottom Club to be used as a collection point, and her friend Rhianne Carroll, who helped take all the items to Pets at Home.

Nationally, more than £1million has been raised to help the surviving dogs.

Lisa Graham, manager of Manchester Dogs’ Home, said: “The public support has been phenomenal.

“It means an enormous amount to us.”

If you would like to donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/dogshome

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson following the incident.

He has now been released on bail.