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Clark County animal shelter burglarized, supplies stolen

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 4:06 PM
By: Parker Perry - Staff Writer

A Clark County SPCA vehicle was broken into Thursday night and several items the organization planned to use for its Dogtoberfest event were stolen.

The SPCA’s Facebook page said the thieves didn’t just steal from the organization, it stole from county animals that are in need.

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“You have stolen from homeless, abused and neglected animals,” the post says.

Items stolen included tents and microchips used to track dogs, much of it is useless to people.

“Why steal all of our tents, banners, T-shirts, craft supplies and microchips we had loaded for our Dogtoberfest event?” the post questioned. “What are you going to do with SPCA banners and T-shirts?”

About 120 T-shirts, three tents, a blue Rubbermaid container full of canvas for painting, paint, brushes and craft supplies, as well as a clear tote with a blue top full of microchips and supplies to do microchipping events.

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The culprits also broke the windows of the SUV and left it heavily damaged.

“The highest dollar loss is the damage to our Suburban,” the post says. “Why?”

Kathy Voytko, a volunteer at the shelter, said she couldn’t believe someone had the audacity to steal from an organization that’s objective is to help animals.

“They took the microchips that we use to bring dogs home every day,” Voytko said. “How do you steal from dogs? I don’t understand and neither do any of the volunteers.”

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Replacing the stolen items before Dogtoberfest is going to be difficult, she said. Dogtoberfest will start at 12 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Brandeberry Winery, 5118 W. Jackson Road in Enon.

“We don’t have the money to buy new tents, we don’t have the money to get new T-shirts,” Voytko said.

She urges anyone with information about the burglary to come forward to help the SPCA.