Shelter seeking donations for security after puppy thefts

Marion, SC - MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Marion County Animal Shelter is trying to raise funds and taking donations for the purchase of a security system after someone stole three pups during an overnight burglary.

A 10-week-old Labrador/German shepherd mix, 6-week-old Lab/boxer mix and 5-week-old pit bull were stolen overnight March 25-26. The burglars broke into the shelter by cutting a padlocked chain, she explained.

"[The burglar] hand-picked what they wanted - three puppies from three different pens," Nall said.

MCAS Executive Director Jen Nall said she was at the shelter after hours recently and saw a vehicle coming down the dirt road and quickly turn around, she thinks because he or she realized someone was still at the shelter.

Officials are trying to purchase a security system to stymie future break-ins and theft.

"We are working with a security company to get a discounted security system, which we don't want to spend the money on, but obviously it is very much needed," Nall explained. "Over the past months, many things at the shelter have 'walked away,' so this should hopefully put a stop to it."

Anyone wishing to donate to the cause should visit Checks can be sent to Paws to the Rescue, 123 Dog & Cat Ct., Mullins, SC  29574.

The shelter is offering a reward for help getting the pups back. Nall says since they opened in October 2008, they have never had any animals stolen.

"I can't believe that someone would actually break into the animal shelter and steal puppies," Nall commented. "I can only hope that these puppies were not and will not be harmed. I'm extremely upset that someone could do this."

Nall says it is possible that the person who stole the puppies will try to sell them. Anyone with information is urged to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office or the shelter.

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