‘We do not really feel protected’: Animal charity desires to relocate after break-in


THE trustees of an animal sanctuary that was left vandalised after a break-in say they don’t really feel protected and need to relocate.

Police had been referred to as to Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary on Houndsfield Lane on October 26 at round 9 am as volunteers discovered pens ripped aside and animals lacking.

The housebreaking, which had taken place in a single day, additionally left pens huge open and Perspex glass smashed.

Redditch Advertiser: Holding pens were damaged. Holding pens had been broken. (Picture: Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary.)

Thankfully, most animals had been positioned however three cats – Dusty who’s closely pregnant and Klaus and Fitz, had been lacking.

Fortunately, Dusty has now been discovered however Klaus and Fritz are nonetheless lacking.

Lisa Hunt, founding father of the sanctuary together with trustee Daybreak Simmonds spent the night time of October 26 camped of their automobiles at Fur and Feathers to verify the place was safe.  

Redditch Advertiser: Fritz is still missing. Fritz remains to be lacking. (Picture: Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary.)

Karen Dods, considered one of six trustees for the sanctuary, stated the break-in has made the staff really feel unsafe and so they need to discover a new location for the charity,

“We now have no mains electrical energy, no Wi-Fi and we’re down a rustic lane,” stated Karen.

“We need to discover a new location as we simply don’t really feel protected right here.

Redditch Advertiser: Klaus is also still missing. Klaus can be nonetheless lacking. (Picture: Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary.)

“Even with the night volunteers, it’s not good for them because it’s pitch black.

“The best state of affairs can be to purchase some land ourselves with mains electrical energy as we solely lease the land we’re on for the time being.

“If we do keep on it is going to be someplace totally different.”

Karen stated everybody remains to be shell-shocked following the housebreaking and it has been a ‘very emotional time’,

“This yr was going to be our celebratory yr for our tenth anniversary, and we gained registered charity standing in April which has opened so many doorways for us.

“The cats which can be nonetheless lacking are microchipped and have been flagged as lacking.

“A variety of the opposite cats had a little bit of a stroll about and had been in numerous pens and considered one of them had acquired into the stables because the ponies had been additionally wandering across the yard.

Redditch Advertiser: A lot of damage has been caused to the sanctuary. A variety of harm has been triggered to the sanctuary. (Picture: Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary.)

“Whoever did it went straight to the place the cats had been and didn’t contact our pig pen.”

Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary is fully run by volunteers and depends solely on donations.

The charity arrange a fundraising attraction on Fb on Wednesday, October 26 to assist restore harm and put a name out for folks to assist.

1000’s of kilos have been raised and the neighborhood has pulled collectively to assist with tradesmen providing their time to restore the harm.

“We now have been blown away by the assist we obtained, it restores your religion a bit,” added Karen.

“We’re solely tiny in comparison with quite a lot of sanctuaries and even different rescue centres have provided to rehome animals however fortunately it hasn’t come to that.”

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police confirmed police had been referred to as to studies of a housebreaking.

“Officers attended to seek out that animals had been launched from their cages and there was some property harm,” stated the spokesperson

“A forensic staff has attended the location and police enquiries are ongoing. “

Anybody with any data is requested to e mail PC Stuart Head of the Safer Neighbourhood Staff, Alvechurch and Wythall at stuart.head@westmercia.police.uk or name the staff on 01527 586205.

To donate to the sanctuary’s attraction, go to their Fb web page.

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