Yobs on rampage wreck animal charity centre

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THIEVES rampaged through an animal therapy centre in Sheffield causing £3,000 of damage and stealing money meant for a dog charity.

Burglars smashed into the Aquavet centre on Oak Street, Lowfield, late at night, stealing computers, cash and competition prizes.

They used a crowbar to force off a shutter before breaking through an office window.

Once inside they destroyed office furniture and doors, before taking the office computer system.

Aquavet, which provides water therapy for pet animals, had been raising money for the Sheffield-based charity Support Dogs, which trains dogs to assist disabled people.

The thieves stole money in charity collecting tins and prizes intended for competitions to benefit the charity.

But a huge sum raised through a doggy swimathon had been removed from the site shortly before the break-in.

Company owner Lisa Dobson said the burglary was a big blow to the charity.

The yobs had left a trail of damage in their wake which was ‘difficult to understand’.

Lisa said: “It’s difficult to put into words what we think about the people who would do such a thing.

“The amount of unwarranted damage and destruction is hard to understand.

“The whole place was a mess, with shutters hanging off, broken and destroyed furniture all over.

“Charity boxes had been stamped on and smashed, but they had been emptied recently so there really wasn’t very much cash in them.

“But they made off with a range of raffle prizes such as wine, boxes of chocolates and tins of sweets all given to us by clients as prizes to benefit our charity of the year.”

The break-in happened just before Christmas.

n Police are investigating the burglary. Anyone with information should call them on 101.