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Thieves target animal shelter

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Computers and documents--that's what investigators say thieves got away with after breaking into a central Kentucky animal shelter.

The crime happened overnight at the S.A.V.E. Center in Jessamine County. Someone broke in through the front door.

Shelter Director Jenise Smith says the crime is hard to believe.

"It's upsetting. It's unnerving--to know that someone would just kick in the front door. We are here in the park, lighting is pretty good at night," Smith said.

That didn't stop the burglars from breaking into the S.A.V.E. Center. Smith says an animal control officer first came across the mess.

A new, good computer was missing, and bank paperwork was stolen from file cabinets.

Fortunately, Smith says none of what is the most valuable at the shelter was harmed.

"I am grateful no one seems to have bothered any animals," she says.

But she says the theft is a tough hit.

"We take in animals day after day. We do the best we can. It's a financial struggle for us. And then someone comes and steals from us. So here we are just trying to get by," Smith says.

The S.A.V.E. Center was also broken in to a couple of months ago, right after Christmas.


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