Thieves broke into the BC SPCA’s Alberni-Clayoquot Branch in Port Alberni during the early hours of Dec. 30, 2018, stealing hundreds of dollars designated to help abused and homeless animals in the community.
“There was significant damage to an exterior window, two interior windows and an interior door,” says branch manager Kaley Pugh. “Thankfully no animals were harmed during the break-in, but thieves stole a safe containing $700 in Christmas donations for animals in need.” The RCMP are investigating.
SPCA staff transferred the animals in care – two dogs, five cats and two kittens – to the Parksville SPCA while the building was being cleaned up and secured but the animals are now back in Port Alberni and the branch has reopened to the public.
“We would be so grateful for any new donations to help us make up this financial loss,” says Pugh. “Those funds were urgently needed to provide shelter, veterinary care and rehabilitation for our community’s most vulnerable and at-risk animals.”
If you can help, please visit the branch at 4936 Broughton Street, Port Alberni, contact the branch at 250.723.5269 or donate online.