Simon Cowell has donated £25,000 to Manchester Dogs’ Home following a devastating fire that killed over 60 dogs on Thursday night.

The fire, believed to be arson, destroyed the rescue facility, and left 150 surviving dogs homeless and in need of vet care.

Cowell has also offered a reward of £10,000 to two locals who were responsible for rescuing many of the dogs from the burning building.

“For something like that to happen, is disgusting. I can’t even think about it, so many dogs died,” said Simon. “We are going to give them some money and take the guys who rescued some of the dogs on holiday because of what they did. I only got Jason and Dean’s names today. I would just say both of them, they are true heroes and lots of respect from me for doing it. It was very upsetting.”

“All of the surviving dogs are now being cared for – the majority of them going to sister site Cheshire Dogs’ Home near Warrington – and those in need of veterinary treatment have been receiving it,” the Manchester Dogs’ Home said in a statement.

“The Dogs’ Home has been inundated with messages of support from members of the public and local businesses. Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/dogshome. We have now setup a telephone number – 08445040404 staffed by volunteers to co-ordinate enquiries – members of the public are urged not to come to Manchester Dogs’ Home, as the police investigation will be continuing and access is restricted.”

A 15-year-old has been arrested in suspicion for the fire.

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