Thieves target Springfield dog rescue group

Published: Oct. 29, 2021 at 11:31 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 29, 2021 at 4:10 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Thieves targeted a Springfield dog rescue group’s storage unit.

The owner of HavaHeart Rescue shared an update on Facebook earlier this week, saying “it’s an intense feeling of violation that’s hard to process.”

The organization says the burglary happened between October 23 and October 24. The thieves left quite the mess after clearing out the unit. The thieves stole several items including dog blankets, food, collars, leashes, medicine, and cleaning supplies. They even stole photography prints and auction items.

“We filed a police report, and the police were able to get a print off of one of the water bottles they left,” said a spokeswoman for the organization. “We don’t have cameras because all of our stuff is being stored temporarily at a residential address until we could afford more permanent storage. They broke through the locked door to get in and take everything.”

The thieves not only took all of their supplies, but trashed the rest of the storage unit, according to HavaHeart.

”They we’re in there long enough that they smoked a cigarette and threw trash everywhere,” said Jill with HavaHeart.

After the crimes, Jill turned to social media and used Tik Tok to share about the incident, and it blew up overnight.

The post generated almost 13,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments reaching big name companies like “Chewy” who sent 17 boxes of dog food to HavaHeart.

Police are still looking for suspects after collecting a dust off a water bottle of a finger print on the scene of the incident.

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