[UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Good News!] Sequoia Humane Society’s Vehicle Was Vandalized and Now Money Meant for Animal Care Has to Go to Fixing It
Over the weekend of December 9th and 10th, Sequoia Humane Society‘s vehicle was vandalized. Community Outreach Director Nicole Bradley was furious. On Monday following that weekend, she had to take some of the dogs to the vet and noticed that the gas level was low so she pulled into a station and started pumping. Her feet started “getting splattered on.” She looked and it appeared that gas was pouring out from under the van. She got down and looked.
“Sure enough someone had cut the intake and the return,” Bradley said. “They probably did it to take gas.” The Society had had problems with gas theft before. so they’ve started taking measures. They have started keeping a minimal amount of gas in the van.
“We had put a locking gas cap on it,” Bradley explained. “We started parking the van where it is light and there are cameras.” Sadly, the quality of the footage retrievable from the camera didn’t provide any help as to suspects this time.
“We use the van to transport the animals and for our thrift stores,” she explained.
The Society provides a no-kill shelter for adoption as well as spay/neuter and education. This vandalism impacts their ability to help animals. “[I]nstead of using the funds we need for our animals,” Bradley said. “We get to use some of it to fix the van…[add] new lights, more cameras and who knows what else?”
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UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Good news! Community Outreach Director Nicole Bradley, “The van has been fixed by a volunteer, however, there is one more alteration we will make to safeguard the gas line by adding a plate to cover the lines. We had a wonderfully generous couple bring in and donate a brand new, still in the box security system which will be installed by volunteers, staff and the couple even offered to install it for us since they have already installed 2 at their house.”
Then she added more good news: “And we received a couple [of] really nice donations online that I just got notification of too!! Our community is amazingly generous and warms my heart! Thank you for helping us out, this story has been invaluable.”