The fire that ravaged Manchester Dogs’ Home last Thursday evening is “the worst thing ever to have happened in the world,” says Brian Reynolds (37), whose twin 6-year-old daughters were brutally murdered in March.
Up to sixty dogs may have lost their lives as the flames raged through the building and, Brian reveals, the thought of their terrified whimpers and cries for help has kept him awake every night since the news first broke.
Mr Reynolds, whose daughters Emily and Lorraine were victims of the cannibalistic serial killer dubbed “The Fleshmonger”, says he is haunted by stark, vivid images of the burning animals which play over and over in his head like an endless sickening slideshow of despair.
“Of course I was upset when Em and Lori’s charred, partially-eaten remains were discovered chained up in that filthy rat-infested garage,” said a visibly shaken Mr Reynolds, “but what those trapped, helpless dogs went through as the flames and the heat and the clawing hand of death crept closer and closer towards them… it doesn’t bear thinking about.”
The fire is thought to have been a deliberate act of arson, and a 15-year-old boy is currently in custody. Social media users and animal rights activists have been quick to demand harsh punishments for the teen, who can not be named for legal reasons, with some going so far as to call for him to be trapped in a cage and burned alive to “see how he likes it.”
Mr Reynolds, who spoke to us while rocking back and forth beneath his kitchen table, backed the calls, and said that while he was usually firmly against violence, in this case he’d be prepared to make an exception.
“What that boy did is the lowest of the low. How could anyone be so cruel to such beautiful, defenceless creatures who were so, so very happy all the time and who had their whole lives ahead of them?”
Added Reynolds: “Make it stop! Please, make their screaming stop!”
Kind-hearted animal lovers moved swiftly to help after the fire, with online donations alone currently standing at close to one and a half million pounds. If you’d like to donate, you can do so now via JustGiving.
The whereabouts of “The Fleshmonger” are currently unknown, and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the police or something, probably.