Cape animal welfare group disheartened by string of shelter burglaries

The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) in Philippi says its staff are severely demoralised amid a string of break-ins and vandalism at their premises.

Their facilities were been broken into three times last weekend and close to 40 times this year alone.

At the weekend, electrical wires and copper were stolen from the shelter, leaving them without electricity.

AWS senior veterinarian and CEO, Dr John McMullen says resources that should be going to helping animals are currently being used to pay for repairs after a series of break-ins at the shelter.

It's very soul-destroying that we end up like this. We had three break-ins this weekend alone.

Dr John McMullen, CEO and Head Veterinarian at Philippi AWS

They've stolen donated dog food and took everything else they could get.

Dr John McMullen, CEO and Head Veterinarian at Philippi AWS

Dr McMullen says the organisation does not have the funds to provide guarding and appropriate security, after a pantechnicon smashed their premises last year.

Insurers have been unable to pay for security for the premises while repairs were being covered.

It's the organisation's 88th year in existence but McMullen says the future of the welfare group is under threat.

Visit the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) Facebook page to learn more.

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