Humane Society experiences rash of donation thefts

November 5, 2013 • Local News

The Humane Society has recently witnessed hundreds of donations being stolen right off its doorstep.

Although it has always had a problem with theft, after installing video cameras in July, the Society has been able to see some of the night thievery.

Just in the first month alone, it caught 55 people on tape, said kennel worker Sheila Olivas.

She explained that they do have some repeaters, such as one man who fills up a trailer and then returns whatever he can’t sell, but that there are always new faces.

“And they bring (and [auth] involve) their kids,” she said.

Normally, people drop off clothes, bikes and whatever they have in their houses that they want to leave as a donation. Those items are then sold at the Humane Society’s thrift store to help bring in money to take care of the animals.

The thrift store is its biggest fundraiser and source of income, Olivas explained. Without that income, “it’s causing hardship for us in providing for the animals.”

They use the thrift store money and donations to help buy food, veterinarian attention and general care for the animals they shelter.

“What’s supposed to happen is we’re supposed to get it,” Olivas said.

But now with the camera up, they have begun investigating further. She said they have sent footage to the police to identify the suspects in the videos.

“It’s not yours to take,” she said, as a message to those who take the donations. It’s not just items left on a lawn for anyone, she elaborated. “(These things) were left here for a reason.”

To those who want to donate to the Humane Society, Olivas recommends calling the thrift store and arranging a time for them to go pick up items, or drop off donations during operating hours.

The Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The thrift store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On behalf of the Society, Olivas thanks everyone who continually leaves donations, as it helps them provide for the animals in the shelter, she said.

For more information, call 622-8950 or visit its website,

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