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Thieves trash Ferne Animal Sanctuary
HEARTLESS thieves stole clothes and kitchen items from a charity shop which supports an animal sanctuary near Chard.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary, in Wambrook, works to provide refuge for unwanted animals and director Jenny Wheadon said she was disappointed by the news.
She added: “We cannot understand why anyone would steal from a charity shop.
“We are extremely grateful to people who have supported us in any way, either as a customer or by donating items to sell.
“All proceeds from the shop help us to continue our work for unwanted animals.”
Police say thieves damaged a wooden gate and stole three bags of clothes, bric-a-brac and kitchen goods from the back yard at the charity’s Taunton shop in Crown Walk between 5.30pm on Saturday, September 28, and 7.45am on Monday, September 30.
Staff at the shop turned up for work last week to find debris and shop items strewn across a fenced area behind the shop.
Shop manager Shayne Richards said the theft was upsetting for the volunteers and also the people who donated the items.
He said: “People have given it out of the goodness of their own hearts to raise money for equipment and food for the animals at the sanctuary.
“Theft is becoming quite common in all the charity shops in town, with us all becoming victim to it more and more.
“As times are getting harder, people are really starting to feel the pinch and this not only reflects at the sanctuary where some people are reluctantly having to give up their much-loved pets for rehoming but in the charity shops as well where people are looking to pick up bargains at a fraction of the cost.”
Shayne said this was not the first time the shop has been targeted, adding that there had been ‘several’ occasions when their bin had been broken into and sifted through.
The charity has shops in Taunton, Chard and Bridport which provide income to support the work of the sanctuary in providing refuge for vulnerable, unwanted animals.
Witnesses can call police on 101.
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