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Heroes of Manchester fire nominated for award

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Two brave dog owners who did not think twice about leaping in to save countless dogs trapped in the Manchester Dogs Home fire have been nominated for an RSPCA Animal Hero Award

Jason Dyer and his nephew Dean Rostock jumped over a fence at the sanctuary and kicked open a number of kennel doors to release the trapped dogs.

Jason, 41, and Dean, 25, who live near the dogs’ home, were one of the first people to reach the burning buildings. Between them they rescued around 20 dogs, bringing them to safety before tying them to a nearby fence.

Brave rescue bid

Jason said: “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.

“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.”

Host: Amanda Holden pictured with Paul O'Grady at the Battersea Collars and Coats Ball - credit Featureflash/Shutterstock

Glittering awards night

Nominations for the Animal Hero Awards close on October 17 and winners will be announced at a gala event hosted by Amanda Holden in London in November.

Staff and volunteers are continuing clean-up work at the site and structural and architecture experts are due on site soon ahead of planning to rebuild the sanctuary.

A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arson remains on police bail pending further investigations.

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Published: 02:45, 25 September 2014 | Updated: 03:06, 25 September 2014