Police are investigating a fire at Manchester Dogs Home.
Officers were called to the dogsâ€™ home on Moss Bank Road in Harpurhey around 7.20pm following reports of a fire.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody for questioning.
GMFRS have brought the fire under control which has claimed the lives of over 40 dogs. Numerous other dogs are being treated for their injuries. Superintendent Marcus Noden said: â€œWe 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 boyÂ 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.
â€œAs 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.
Â â€œWe have received an overwhelming response from the public and would ask if anyone wants to help they can make donations of food or bedding to North Manchester divisional headquarters on Northampton Road in Newton Heath.â€
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.