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Thieves target free pet food

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
February 17th, 2012

In what could, perhaps, be described as one of the more stupid crimes being committed in the region, thieves continue to steal pet food from the Trail branch of the SPCA – despite the fact they could have it for free.

The manager of the regional branch, Danielle Jackman, says the shelter at 7700 Highway 3B has become a frequent target for thieves looking for pet food.

“The ironic thing is that the pet food people are breaking in to steal is a supply that we keep for our pet food bank, so we would be very happy to give this food away to any pet guardian who needed it,” she said. “Unfortunately, when people break into the shed to steal it, we end up spending time and money on repairs that should be spent caring for the homeless and abused animals in our shelter.”

She says the rash of recent break-ins has been frustrating for staff.

 “We’re here to help the animals and we work with a very limited budget. If people need assistance feeding their pet, they are welcome to come in and see us. But it is frustrating to have to keep using donations to replace locks and repair damage to our facilities. It’s just not necessary, and the ones who suffer are the animals.”

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