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