UPDATE: Police investigate break-in at Dane Co. Humane Society

By: Rachelle Baillon Email
By: Rachelle Baillon Email

UPDATED Thursday August 22, 2013---3:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis.--- No word on any arrests for the vandalism and theft at the Dane County Humane Society. But there is some good news.

The Dane County Humane Society says people have donated $1,500 since news came out yesterday that someone broke a window, damaged a collection box and stole donated money at the animal facility.

If you have any information about the break-in, you're asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.


UPDATED Wednesday, August 21, 2013--6:20p.m.

Even in a world where bad things happen, it still feels like some things should just be off-limits---even to crooks. "I know tough times are happening for a lot of people, but it's the Humane Society," said Gayle Viney, the public relations coordinator for the Dane County Humane Society. "It's animals that really need help, so it's sad that it came to that last night."

After shattering the front window, a thief--or thieves--broke into the donation box and made off with an estimated hundred dollars. That's enough to cover the costs of caring for ten animals for one day. "Feed, provide care, toys, treats, all of those really necessary items to keep these animals comfortable, that's what we put those donations toward," said Viney.

Shortly before 1a.m. the shelter's security system alerted police of the break-in. "Officers entered the building, cleared it, didn't locate any suspects," said Howard Payne, public information officer for the Madison Police Department. "And then canvassed the grounds around the Humane Society, but never located a suspect whatsoever."

No animals were harmed during the break-in and Viney said they don't think the thief got away with anything other than the donations.
She said they regularly remove donations and money from cash registers and place them in a secure location.

She called last night's break-in just plain sad. "These are donations that the community generously, kindly, gives from their heart," she said. "It's everything from lemonade stands from kids or birthday party money or just a donation that someone was leaving as they were walking out, so that's the saddest part."

If you have any information about the break-in, you're asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

For more information about the Dane County Humane Society--or to donate, visit: http://www.giveshelter.org/

UPDATED Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 2:35 p.m.
Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 11:34 a.m.

Madison Police are investigating a break-in at the Dane Co. Humane Society. Organizers say a donation box was targeted.

Officers say an intrusion alarm went off at 12:52 a.m. Wednesday.

A front window at the shelter was shattered. Someone carried a donation box outside and smashed it on the ground.

It appears that there is no other damage or stolen property. All of the animals at the shelter are safe and unharmed.

“It’s unfortunate that someone would want to steal from a humane society, especially when so many of our cash donations are from children’s fundraisers. We are thankful to have a good security system in place that helped prevent any further loss," Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator for DCHS, is quoted in a release.

The shelter says all donation bins and cash registers are emptied routinely.

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