A NATIONAL charity has come forward to support a family of dogs left homeless after a fire destroyed their Hampshire home.

The RSPCA has paid emergency treatment and overnight hospital fees for seven Newfoundland dogs.

It has also paid for vet and nurse fees following the blaze in Leigh Road in Chandler's Ford.

Furthermore, the charity paid for the dogs to be transported to vets and then on to private boarding.

Monty, Celeste, Blue, Remy, Woody, Swift and Rafferty were all saved from the fire which broke out on Sunday.

Blue was given emergency treatment after suffering burns to 40 per cent of his body.

He ate for the first time on Tuesday while the other surviving dogs are now "fine" and being cared for in boarding.

Sadly Swift had to be put to sleep.

She had been receiving care before the fire and her owner, David Lamb, made the decision upon veterinary advice.

Firefighters who tackled the "huge" blaze called in RSPCA officers after discovering the dogs inside the property.

RSPCA Inspector Hannah Nixon rushed to the scene to assist.

Hannah said: “When I arrived the road was closed off with multiple fire engines and ambulances on scene.

“A black Newfoundland dog was laying down with burns to the face."

"We dismantled a kennel and lifted the dog in with help from the fire crew before rushing her to a vet who gave the dogs pain relief before them being transported and taken for veterinary care."

“I was joined by two RSPCA inspectors, a vet and a vet nurse who we had called to help us at the scene.”

Hannah added: “It was great to be able to help these dogs in their moment of need and we really hope the dogs, and their owners continue to keep getting better after such a shocking experience.

“As an animal welfare charity, nothing is more important than saving the lives of animals and helping their owners.”

A fundraiser has since been launched to help the dogs and the Lamb family.

Setup by family friend, Kathy Otto, it has at the time of writing raised £3,831 of its £5,000 target.

The campaign was launched to help the Lambs who have “lost everything”.

To donate, search for Kathy Otto on Facebook.