Southern Colorado Non-Profit Recovering After Holiday Burglary

By: Marybeth Brush Email
By: Marybeth Brush Email

Stealing from a non-profit on a holiday. That's what happened at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region over the New Year's holiday. But that's not stopping workers there from helping animals find a good home.

About $300.00 was stolen right out of the donation box on New Year's Eve. But that's just the beginning to the real impact of this crime.

Loose change is all that's left after a thief smashed a side door in and stole money from the donation box inside. "I think it's very, very disappointing for people to break in to a non-profit and take money that's really dedicated solely to the care of the animals that we have here," says Dr. Wes Metzler who is CEO and President of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Dr. Metzler says hundreds of dollars are now gone. "That's a lot of money to us. Plus, we have the additional cost of repairing the damage that was done at the time of the break in," says Dr. Metzler.

Close to $1,000.00 is what they'll need to pay to replace the glass door. "It will have an impact on all of us that work here. But it's not going to cause us to stop what we are doing because we are very dedicated to the animals and we are very appreciative of the people's support," says Dr. Metzler. A loss that won't stop them helping the little animals find a good home.

The silver lining to the crime is that Dr. Metzler says people are showing up to donate.

The building does have a security system, but Dr. Metzler is thinking about upgrading security.

If you have any information about the crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by Gary Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 4, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    We stopped by on Sunday to make a donation and the place was packed...they really do a great job there. The people who stole the $$ should have some bad karma coming their way. If you notice where the Humane Society is located, you can take an educated guess at who was behind this. We really need to do something about "tent city".
  • by Howard on Jan 3, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    How low can you be? I am not surprised anymore at what is happening in this city. But really, what could crooks expect to reap from robbing such a place? At least the poor animals were not injured. Thank you to the HSPPR for the wonderful service you provide us.
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