Thieves snatch thousands of dollars from a local animal shelter already struggling to make ends meet.
Cash, checks, and medications are stolen from the CARE Southcoast Animal Shelter in New Bedford, and the robbers still on the loose. But because of the community's good will ... The theft actually made the shelter money.
40 cats and dogs depend on the CARE Southcoast Animal Shelter. The money used to take care of the homeless pets was stolen overnight Monday, robbers smashing through a window.
The thieves ripped a donation box off the wall, broke the lock and opened it up. Then they took the 25–hundred dollars worth of checks and cash that was inside. That cash is usually used to run the shelter for nearly a month.
"A low life, it's pretty simple," said shelter volunteer Ruth Marshman, "They must have been desperate. I mean, why would you break into a homeless animal shelter and take what little money we have. We struggle for every penny we get."
Marshman said they're already running in the red at the no–kill volunteer shelter, so she was pleased when people started coming in by the handful, pulling cash out of their wallets and donating.
"It was breaking my heart because I love animals so much," said Westport resident David Ferreira as he handed over ten bucks.
"A place like this can't afford this. It's terrible. You know, this is horrible is what it is. I hope they catch them and put them in jail," said Gary Cournoyer, who donated a hundred dollars.
Now the money raised is even more than what was taken.
"It just gave you such a feeling inside you know how wonderful it is that people did this," said Marshman, "They saw and they cared."
The extra donations will help get the shelter new locks and an alarm system.