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Reward Offered in Animal Shelter Break-ins

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(Photo: Richmond Animal League) (Photo: Richmond Animal League)
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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The animal rescue community is on edge after a series of strange break-ins at local shelters. Someone broke into the Richmond SPCA on Friday night and stole three kittens. This week Richmond Animal League was hit twice in as many days.

"We had a break-in where someone threw a large rock through the window," RAL Executive Director Amy McCracken talks about the incident overnight Wednesday.

"The outside screen and the wire were cut right down here below," says RAL staff member Elizabeth Thomas, describing what happened overnight Thursday.

In both cases, someone released cats from their crates, allowing them to get outside. Nothing else was taken.

"We are baffled by this," says McCracken. "Not knowing what someone's motive is or what's going to happen to the animals once they're released. It's a very, very, very creepy and uncertain feeling."

A cat named Avalon wandered off during the first break-in, but RAL successfully trapped her within about 24 hours. Two cats are still missing.

They're in addition to three kittens stolen from Richmond SPCA Friday night. Someone broke a window there and took the eight to ten-week-old animals.

Both the SPCA and RAL are stepping up security and working together. They're offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of the animals and information leading to an arrest. They're also questioning is this is a Senior Prank or something more.

"We're not ruling out that it could be something as benign as that or something as serious that all animal organizations need to be aware of," says McCracken.

If you know anything about these break-ins, you're urged to call police. In Richmond, call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. You can reach Chesterfield Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.

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