Saturday, June 18, 2005
A battery, a lawnmower and some gas.My cell phone rang this morning at 6am. This is never a good sign. I didn't answer it in time, but I saw who it was and called back. ND was at the shelter. There was a break-in. I said I would be right there. Brushed my teeth and headed out the door with KTD in tow.
I've had to handle Bay Alarm calls for years. Just part of the job. ND has been a tremendous help recently since she lives close by. There have been several actual break-ins during that time and many more false alarms. It is always scary and I always pray that no animals are missing.
Got there at the same time as the police. Yes, there was a break-in. They took a lawnmower, a car battery and even gas from the van. It also appeared they did some damage to the van, which is unfortunate, since we use that van for everything from mobile adoptions to driving animals to our Spay and Neuter Surgery Center across the highway. Hopefully, we'll get it repaired this week.
They vandalized our new disinfectant pump station which will make cleaning the kennels very hard. Zep (the manufacturer) will come Monday to fix, thank god.
And they ruined the double slatted door.
I did a walk through of the facility to make sure everyone was accounted for. With the exception of a cat that had escaped and was hiding behind the VPA kiosk, everyone was in their proper place. Phew!
We gave the police some info, turned off the lights, reset the alarm and went home.
All for a battery, a lawnmower and some gas.