Woman Reunited with Dog Believed Dead in Massive Arson Fire

“This place is part of our childhoods. We love dogs – of course we are going to run in there. We wanted to make sure as many as possible would be okay.”

 

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A 15-year-old UK boy has been arrested for setting fire to the Manchester Dogs’ Home, which claimed the lives of about 60 animals awaiting adoption.  Fortunately, over 150 dogs were saved by heroic people risking their own lives, including a pup whose owner was already mourning his death.  And what happened after that is even more incredible.

It is unknown why the troubled teenager set the fire, but with so many animals inside, his action was deadly.  Dawn Bradbury was sure her two-year-old Bichon Frisé, Leo, had perished.  But one determined staffer made sure the little guy was pulled from the blazing shelter.

 

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Leo had gotten out of his home and had been brought to the shelter, where he was waiting for Bradbury to come pick him up.  But then the arsonist struck, leaving the mother to fear the worst.

“I have been awake all night and haven’t slept,” Bradbury said before she found out he was one of the lucky ones.  “I spent all night down at the dogs’ home to try and locate him.  It was horrendous.  I have four kids here and they are all screaming and crying for him.

 

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“I stayed there most of the night just praying that he would be ok and pestering the wardens and police for news.  Eventually I had to go home because I was convinced he had died.  I found out he was in Block Five, which is where the fire was.

“There were two other Bichon Frisés who could have been Leo, and I have promised to adopt them both.  I could not leave them there after all that has happened.”

 

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It wasn’t just workers who rushed to save all the animals.  Jason Dyer and his nephew Dean Rostock heard the distressed dogs yelping, and leaped over a fence and kicked open kennel doors to rescue them.  Together they got around 20 dogs out and tied them to a fence.

“All the windows where the dogs are advertised for sale were blown out and the ceiling was collapsed,” Dyer explained.  “We initially ran into the bit that was on fire but we couldn’t get those dogs out. We went to the other kennels and began kicking out the doors. We just wanted to get them out.

 

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“This place is part of our childhoods. We both have dogs and love dogs – of course we are going to run in there. We just wanted to make sure as many as possible would be okay.”

About 150 dogs were saved.  Many have been transferred to the Cheshire Dogs’ Home 30 miles away.  Compassionate community members immediately began bringing bedding, blankets, food, and other supplies. And online fundraiser was started to help the Manchester Dogs’ Home recoup some of their losses, and so far about 1.4 million pounds (2.3 million dollars) has been donated.

 

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In addition to donating funds and provisions, dozens of volunteers went to the Cheshire site to help collect and allocate items.  More people arrived to adopt.

Everyone is completely devastated by the loss of life, but staff members are overwhelmed by the camaraderie and altruism they have seen in the face of this tragedy.

 

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119 thoughts on “Woman Reunited with Dog Believed Dead in Massive Arson Fire

  1. What in the world is wrong with that kid??????? They need to get him some help – like real quick & then he needs to go to jail for a very long time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Omg ! Those poor innocent dogs/puppie”s. What the hell is wrong with this world today ? They should punish him the same way he killed those innocent precious pooches/. Etc.

  3. This makes me so damn angry ! Troubled teen ? Seriously ? That kid is a psychopath to torture,maim, and kill those poor furbabies . And that is EXACTLY what he did. He did so without forethought and with malicious intent. Needs to be locked up for life before he takes another life.. be that life animal or human !

  4. He was attacked the week before by a rhodesian ridgeback, almost tore his arm off, not that it makes it ok by anymeans i hope he’s jailed for life for it, it made me feel sick! but thats his reason. Ps 1.4million pounds has been raised to help the dogs and the centre

  5. 99% of people who do horrible acts towards animals will to the same to people. This kid has Newtown Connecticut written all over it. I do not believe these kinds of people can be rehabilitated. Lock him up and throw away the key.

  6. No reason to attack all dogs he probably taunted the poor animal that nearly ripped his arm off maybe if it had he wouldn’t have been able to set the fire! No words can describe what I feel!

  7. Just because this kid was attacked doesn’t justify one damn thing. Rhodies are a power breed and power breeds need intensive training and owners that know how to keep them under control. Sadly this usually never happens. Breed specific laws are ridiculous because any breed will attack if raised or trained incorrectly, provoked, or protecting someone.

  8. LOCK HIM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. Serial killers start by killing animals. This little bastard kills 60 dogs at once, and if not for the heroic efforts of the workers and the public, it could have been much worse. At 15, you KNOW that being trapped and burning to death is a horrible fate. When I was 11 a Saint Bernard bit me and left a gash between my eyes. I had not taunted him. I have never stopped loving animals of all kinds and currently have 3 rescued dogs.

  9. Fast recovery then if he nearly had his arm ripped off a week ago…. No excuse at all… He was healthy enough to go out of his way to set light to the place….

  10. This shows a complete lack of emotion and the next time it could be someone’s house that he sets on fire and kills humans. He is severely mentally maladjusted and needs to be committed to a mental health facility.

  11. Set him on fire!!!! Put that kid away!!!!! If kids will hurt animals…………people are next!!!! Lock that disturbed psycho up!!

  12. Why would this child do something like this! Horrible! Thank God for the lives that were saved and RIP to those that weren’t as fortunate.

  13. I’m from Manchester and have a dog who was adopted from this dogs home. Manchester dogs home never puts a healthy dog to sleep. It’s re homed dogs for over 100 years.

    The disgusting excuse of a human that did this, returned twice to the scene after setting the fire, he tried to help the police and fire men, pretending to be a good samaritan. Sick and evil individual.

    Yes he was attacked a few months before. But one asks themselves what did he do to make the dog attack him??

  14. This act of evil has broken my heart. My husband and I have six all rescued from different situations. All sad . The fact that so many dogs died from one cruel act makes me sick. I hope he is punished.

  15. Clearly another little bastard thats been dragged up in society getting away with bad behaviour, no decent human being would think of doing such a thing

  16. If anyone would like to read more about it here is a link to one of the many updates.

    The amazing thing is, the country has been so moved by what has happened that donations have been incredible, beds blankets food etc etc and over 1 million pounds. I just hope it makes people adopt a furry family member. A vigil was held this evening at 6pm, many people lit a candle at home.

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-dogs-home-boss-were-7768801

  17. What gives this piece of scum the right to be given protection he doesn’t deserve protection he needs punishment those poor dogs that lost their lives need justice.

  18. At 15 you are not a child. .. you know right from wrong. .. do not use this as an excuse. .. killing Animals … setting fires…sociopath behavior…where are the parents??? eliminate this POS….poor innocent dogs… May you RIP xo

  19. The little bastard should be burned alive!! Little scumbag prick !! My god if I got my hands on him I’d kick the shit out if him.

  20. He was attacked probably because doggies could sense he is a bad kid… such a heartbreaking story. ..

  21. Lets hope he is put on trial as an aduult. Lets all remember its a proven fact that people,young children that can harm or get a kick from harming animals also go on in life to harm others, child abuse or even murder. Justice For James Bulger. This scumbag excuse of a human should be locked up and the judge needs to be pretty hard on him set an example that a slap on the wrist isnt good enough.

  22. They say the kids of today don’t know what they are doing! After all they are just children and don’t know right from wrong. Bullshit! When we were kids we knew right from wrong and were taught to be kind to animals. This kid knew what he was doing and should be put in prison for this. Also make him pay to this charity for the rest of his miserable life.

  23. I agree with the previous comments, “kids” who do this sort of thing, move on to harming and killing humans. I am so sad for the lives lost in this senseless violent act. When will it ever end?

  24. Teenagers today are like raging lunatics. They have zero common sense, respect and appreciation about anything, ungrateful and lack of sympathy & empathy.

  25. horrible so many died…. but I am grateful that as many were saved as there were………. hopefully the teen that did this will be justly punished!

  26. So sad to think anyone would do something. RIP to the ones that lost their lives. God bless all the rescue people that saved the rest.

  27. Thats horrible and evil that kid new better at 15 your usually pretty smart he should be punished to the max thats alot of inisant animals I pray the lord takes care of him gor what he has done

  28. Bubba will take good care of him in prison that’s what he needs for life piece of shit human what a waste of air he’s breathing grease up baby you’ll need it

  29. My prayers continue for the dogs & rescuers go the dogs of Manchestet…I pray someone will help that boy change his ways

  30. I’m sorry but if he is old enough to to do the crime, then sentencing should be that of an adult. Too many get away with things due to their age. Out pouring of help from the community is wonderful. Thoughts from Australia.

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