Burglars snatch shop donation boxes

By Sam Hurley

A Hastings charity shop was targeted by thieves who stole five donation boxes.

People for Pets, on Queen Street West, is a charitable trust and all profits provide funding for local animal welfare organisations, such as Adopt-A-Dog and the SPCA.

Trustee Kelvin Middleton discovered the break in when he arrived at work. The burglars had jemmied a door to gain entry, Trustee Daileen Kensington said.

"Kelvin came in and noticed some things in front of the door had been knocked down.

"There were five donation boxes taken, the SPCA box had the most in it, all up around $200 would have been taken."

They called the police but no fingerprints were found and security cameras failed to shed light on who was responsible.

The store raises money for Hastings SPCA, Adopt-a-Dog, Viks Rescued Dogs, Sassins Kitty Rescue and Paws Rescue & Rehabilitation, she said.

The timing of the theft was unfortunate as People for Pets was relocating.

"It is a huge upheaval and we face significant costs in setting up the new shop, as well as new signage and advertising, and the reassigning of services," she said.

"Luckily no other money is kept on site. We are not aware of anything else missing and apart from the door there was no other damage."

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