Grinch burns down Who house float

The Christmas float
The Christmas float

A wayward cigarette butt has burned down an animal rescue charity's Dr Seuss-themed Christmas float.

Lost and Found Pets of Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama helps reunite missing pets with their owners.

The group spent three months building the float for a Christmas parade in the hope of winning a cash prize, in order to pay for more pets to be spayed and neutered.

"We had built a full-sized Who house with lights inside and windows that you could see trees inside.  We had a smoking chimney.  We worked so hard," said group creator Jeananne Jackson.

However, as they were driving to the parade, they were attacked by a Christmas Grinch.

"Somebody flicked a cigarette out and it landed in the straw on our float and burned it to the ground," said Ms Jackson.

"My husband was driving and I was driving behind him when I noticed the smoke, and other people did too. Luckily, several people came and helped us unload some of the stuff. We were able to salvage some of it, but the house we worked so hard on, that we were so proud of went up in smoke."

But the team is determined not to give up. A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds for the animals, and people are donating generously to their plight.

"Let's join together and show our love and appreciation for this group and all they've done for pet owners and animal lovers in and around Huntsville - we can raise that $300 (and maybe more!) to help them with their goal!" wrote the fund's creator, Kerry Komai.