No wheels for paws

2017-08-22 06:01
Cape Good Hope SPCA vehicles were vandalised over the weekend.PHOTO: Cape Good Hope SPCA

Cape Good Hope SPCA vehicles were vandalised over the weekend.PHOTO: Cape Good Hope SPCA

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When they arrived at work yesterday morning staff members of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA were shocked to discover five of the SPCA vehicles, three mobile clinics, the charity shop’s collection vehicle and the educational vehicle had been vandalised.

Belinda Abraham, the SPCA’s communications, resource development and education manager, says the thieves specifically targeted their Nissan NP300 bakkies, opened the bonnets and removed the batteries, as well as a spare tyre from one of the mobile clinics.

“They also broke into the office of our horse care unit and stole computer hardware and other goods. The thieves were interrupted by a security guard on patrol who gave chase when they fled.”

Abraham says the thieves left two batteries and a spare tyre behind, which were recovered close to the SPCA’s exit.

“The police have already been to the premises and a case has been opened with the Grassy Park Police Station.

“As a result of this, we are unable to send our mobile units into our communities, collect goods to sell in our charity shop or collect animals from schools for sterilisation.”

She says they apologise to the people who benefit from their mobile clinic for the unexpected disruption in their service. She says they will do everything they can to get back on the road.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith confirms that a case of malicious damage to property and attempted theft out of cars was registered at Grassy Park Police Station. She says it is being investigated and no-one has been arrested.

V Anyone with any information regarding this incident can call Amanda Sables on 021 700 4157 or Grassy Park police on 021 7003940.

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