Thief breaks into animal shelter before Christmas, second year

Harry Wilder, Director J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter
Harry Wilder, Director J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Someone broke into a local animal shelter the Tuesday before Christmas, and it's not the first time this has happened. Last year someone stole dogs.  This time they went after money.

The J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter houses dozens of cats and dogs looking for a new home, but someone took advantage of this place just in time for the holidays.

"This time last year we had people come in and stole dogs," said Director Harry Wilder. "They cut holes in the fence. You know it cost us a lot more to fix the fence than if they'd of asked and we gave them the dogs."

Wilder says he thinks Tuesday's thief got in a similar way. The chain was off the back gate. He thinks someone may have cut off the lock and entered into the building the same way the dogs go in and out. A guillotine door keeps the dogs in a pen inside of the building.

There are alarms on all of the windows and doors leading in and out of the building that did not go off. Wilder said it's also possible someone knew the code.

He doesn't necessarily suspect a fellow employee, but someone familiar with the shelter. Whoever stole the more than $1,100 of adoption fees, did it the night before Wilder was supposed to deposit it in the bank.

"Is it going to put us in a bad situation?" Wilder asked. "Yeah."

The adoption fees are used to pay the veterinarian who performs the spaying and neutering.

When an employee came in Wednesday morning he found things thrown all over the office and the safe out of place and dented.

The money was stolen on one of their most profitable adoption weeks of the year, which is the week before Christmas.

"It definitely dampens the holiday season," said Wilder.

Wilder did say they are planning to putting cameras at the shelter to increase security.

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