17:53 12 September 2014
The fire at Manchester Dogs’ Home in Moss Brook Road in Harpurhey accounted for a death toll of at least 60 dogs while more than 150 have been rescued, figures now confirm.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson.
A statement from the home said: "The staff and trustees of Cheshire Dogs' Home near Warrington would like to express their enormous gratitude for the huge support received from the public following the devastating fire at its sister site Manchester Dogs' Home last night."
Following the news, hundreds of people left messages of sympathy on the JustGIving page, which have already raised £600,000 in donation.
Julie Fowler wrote: "Thinking of all staff and dogs, RIP to those who didn't make it."
Julie Eccleston posted: "From here all I can do is donate money. Bless you, local people, for helping out."
Det Insp Neil Jones, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The response from the public has been overwhelming and this is clearly an incident that has tugged on the heartstrings of many.
"A number of people, including police officers and staff were quickly on the scene and put their life on the line to help with the rescue effort."