A burglar broke into a vet’s practice in Sheffield and stole £300 raised for an animal charity.
Broomhill Veterinary Practice in Broomhill was raided in the early hours of yesterday.
The burglar got away with a charity box containing money raised by staff and clients over recent weeks.
Staff held a fundraising day at the practice on July 19 and had been selling cakes, books and raffle tickets ever since. All the money raised was to be donated to the Cinnamon Trust – a national charity which helps people in the latter years of life to keep their beloved pets at home.
Charity volunteers walk dogs for housebound owners, foster pets when their owners need hospital care, buy food for animals and help clean up after them.
Shannagh Leadbetter, manager of Broomhill Veterinary Practice, said she was disgusted by the break-in.
She said: “It is very disappointing that somebody would do this.
“The alarm sounded at around 3am and, despite our toughened glass door, whoever did this managed to smash a big enough hole in it to climb through.
“Because the alarm would have been sounding they must have grabbed the first thing they came across, which unfortunately was the charity box in reception.”
She said staff and clients had helped to generate around £300 for the Cinnamon Trust with a series of events.
“We had a special fundraising day which a lot of people put a lot of hard work into, and we had been raising money ever since,” she added.