Kindness Kits Rushed to Local Schools Following Suspected Arson at Manchester Dogs’ Home

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Stock dog homeAt least 60 dogs died last night in a fire at Manchester Dog’s Home. Trapped in their kennels as smoke and flames surrounded them, these animals’ last moments must have been filled with terror and suffering.

Even more shocking is the fact that this tragic event was apparently not an accident – police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson.

Nobody can bring these dogs back to life, but we’ve decided to take action to help prevent future acts of violence by rushing humane-education materials to primary schools in the area. It’s vital that children of all ages recognise the importance of having empathy towards others, and it’s never too early to start bringing this message to the next generation. Acts of cruelty to animals can be prevented if young people are taught kindness, compassion and civil engagement.

Experts in mental health and law enforcement regard all forms of cruelty to animals to be a major red flag. A study by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University revealed that people who have abused animals are four times more likely to have a record of violent crime. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation uses reports of crimes against animals to analyse the threat potential of suspected and known criminals. Experts agree that it is the severity of the behaviour – not the species of the victim – that matters.

Alongside the deeply upsetting details of the fire, a few more heartening stories have emerged. Two courageous men rushed into the burning shelter to free as many dogs as they could, and Manchester citizens have generously donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the dogs’ home.

Most people, especially children, instinctively feel compassion towards animals. As a society, we need to  foster and encourage such values, by bringing up our children to respect others – of every species.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the police on 101. If you’re a teacher, or work with young people, download our free resources here.


  • Melanie commented on September 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    sickening act of utter & shameful violence.

  • Katy commented on September 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    We demand justice ! This is a treat to our safety !

  • Verity Lewis commented on September 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Great work

  • jean martin commented on September 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    when i heard about this tragady last night i was dazed at thescale of the loss of poor dogs lives. i felt angry and frustrated al at once. i just wanted to do something that would help. I live in Ireland so couldn’t offer any practicle help but i was able to donate to one of the funds to get immediate help where it was needed.

    this is heart breaking…..for everyone concerned. this boy has committed a dispicable crime against society and the animal kingdom. i could call him all the names and dame him to hell but that won’t help at all. donate what you can…..that is what will help for now. later we may be able to do other things to help but for now…..send a couple of £. thanks.

  • Maureen Martin commented on September 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    These dogs died because of a sick boy. I can only hope he gets the punishment he deserves. Apart from the poor dogs who died a horrific death the surviving dogs will be tramatised. God bless the men who did so much.

  • daina gregory commented on September 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    i struggled to find words to comment on this horrible act of cruelty – i have long suspected that so called ‘humans’ that are capable of deliberately doing this sort of thing are of some different species – animals need our protection against being treated this way

  • Shweta Rana commented on September 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    god bless those guys who rescued those beautiful creatures.RIP 60 dogs

  • judy Cooper commented on September 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    How anyone could do such a cruel act is beyond thinking. the person responsible should be locked away for life . If you can be so callous as this to an animal what could be their next target , a human ? Lock them away from society for LIFE never to be allowed to walk the streets again .

  • Toni Mackenzie commented on September 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Fantastic to hear that donations have now passed £1000,000! So heart warming…

    Sadly, nothing can possibly bring back those poor dogs who died, but hopefully this incident will bring the plight of the surviving dogs to the attention of potential adopters.

    It would be such a wonderful outcome if they were all to find new loving homes, and also that the Manchester Dogs Home is rebuilt as a new, more modern establishment with improved facilities, where unwanted pets can be better cared for in the future…

  • Liz commented on September 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I so agree education from a very young age is the way to go in teaching children how to be kind and compassionate towards any animal .

  • Marisella Tresiana commented on September 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Teaching children and young adults to respect animals should start from home and continued in schools.

  • rachel bains commented on September 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    please teach kids love and respect for any every alive human or animals pray for their suffering soul Rip poor babies died of fire by a sick mentally ill boy.

  • nicola winchester commented on September 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    It is vital that children learn how to respect animals, whether it be fin, fur, feather, scales etc for this earth belongs to all and we can live happily and healthily side by side as they have as much right to live as we do.

  • sarah harries commented on September 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Absolutely mortified. Rest in peace babies

  • Renee Wright commented on September 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    This has to STOP!!!!!

  • Marilyn Boyce commented on September 14, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Just a disgrace on humanity

  • Paul Hughes commented on December 26, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Horrid! I hope everybody at PETA had a good Christmas. Keep up the good work and best wishes for the New Year!

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