Posted at: 08/02/2013 6:30 PM
Updated at: 08/02/2013 6:31 PM
By: Abigail Bleck
AMSTERDAM - Organizers at the Montgomery County SPCA say they were struggling to stay afloat as it was.
This week's burglary makes running the no-kill shelter even more difficult.
A sheriff's investigator says this could be an inside job.
A crime committed by someone at least somewhat familiar with how the business is run.
The Montgomery County SPCA takes in stray and homeless animals. But earlier this week, someone took from the non-profit.
A crook or crooks broke into the shelter one night after closing. According to the director, a safe with a thousand dollars is now missing as is a donation box filled with fifty dollars. Not an enormous amount of money, certainly, but money the shelter needs to run.
“It definitely is a lot. It's spay neuter money. It's money for bleach laundry soap stuff we use every day that people don't think of,” says Lisa Mundell, Shelter Director.
According to an investigator with the sheriff's department, employees told them a front window was ajar and when they came in for work, the front door was unlocked.
“It's absolutely shocking and makes us sick to our stomach that someone would steal from a non profit that puts the money back in to the shelter. We don't make any money,” says Mundell.
It seems the community is stepping up its donations, but more are needed - especially since investigators say there are no leads in this case.
“I couldn't believe someone would do that to an organization that's trying to help,” says Kyle Inman, who is making a donation.
If you have any information, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department asks that you contact their dispatch center.