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Oldham Council assisting after Manchester Dogs’ Home tragedy

Hundreds of people turning up last night to donate bedding and food.

Hundreds of people turning up last night to donate bedding and food.

People turning up to help

People turning up to help

Oldham Council is working with local partners to help deal with the aftermath of the Manchester Dogs’ Home blaze.

At least 60 dogs died and more than 150 were rescued from the fire at the site in Harpurhey on Thursday evening.

Manchester Dogs Home usually accommodates stray dogs found by Oldham Council’s dog warden service (which also covers Tameside) so its closure means temporary changes to local arrangements.

Councillor Norman Briggs, who has a background in Animal Welfare, is assisting with the response.

“The blaze at Manchester Dogs’ Home is devastating and the community response from across the region has been amazing,” he said.

“We’ve been in contact with the Dogs Home and other organisations to offer assistance where we can.

“The fire also impacts on the work of our dog warden service to the Oldham and Tameside areas which normally delivers stray animals to Manchester Dogs Home.

“Anyone who has lost a dog in the area should contact the Call Centre as normal at any time of day on 0161 770 2244. We will then explain in more detail to the individuals what the new arrangements are for collecting dogs that have been picked up.

“I’d like to praise local people and partners for the incredible spirit shown in response to this heartbreaking fire. We understand the public has already donated more than £300,000 to the home and anyone wanting to help should visit  www.justgiving.com/dogshome/

Local people can also take dog food donations to the Tesco store in Greenfield who are organising some supplies for the Manchester Dogs’ Home.

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