SPCA facility damaged in overnight break-in
Two sets of glass doors were smashed during a break-in over night at Red Deer and District SPCA.
No animals were taken or hurt.
SPCA executive director Tara Hellewell said the thief or thieves searched drawers, probably looking for cash, but there was none to take. Only a watch was missing from the lost and found drawer.
“We’re really disappointed we’d be targeted like that. But we’re very grateful that none of the animals were harmed and nobody was hurt.
“We have a pretty top-notch security system. Now we are forced to look at additional precautions, more for the safety of our animals.”
At the time of the break-in, about 30 dogs and 90 cats were in the building, which is located in an industrial area at 4505 77th St.
The break-in through the front doors was discovered at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and the doors were quickly fixed.
Hellewell said it will cost the SPCA a few thousand dollars for repairs, which is a lot of money that could have been used for veterinary care for the animals.
“Ripping off a charity, or a non-profit like this, is pretty low.”