Staff at the B.C. SPCA’s Vernon and district branch are perplexed as to why someone apparently broke into the shelter on the weekend.
The culprit or culprits left a huge mess behind.
“We don’t know why someone would break in,” said Vernon branch manager Corinne Ross, noting the person or persons appears to have dropped through or fallen into a small room where only vaccines and antibiotics are kept.
“Nothing seems to be missing. Any motive is a real mystery.”
The break-in happened when the suspect(s) made a hole into the building from outside, and climbed into the building to drop, or fall into, the small room, leaving behind a mess.
Shelter staff say it looks like they then climbed back out the hole they came in, as there’s no evidence he, she or they were in any other room in the facility.
Vernon RCMP have confirmed they are investigating the incident.
“It’s mystifying,” said Ross. “They could have fallen into a dog kennel and been bitten, or injured one of the many felines in the cat rooms. It certainly wasn’t Santa trying to come down the chimney. There were no gifts for our animals.”
When every spare penny goes toward helping the animals, potential costly repairs are not welcome news, said Ross. As a non-profit organization, the B.C. SPCA is supported through public donations.
Anyone who is able to help the Vernon and district branch can donate online at spca.bc.ca/vernon or visit in person, at 4800 Haney Road, Vernon.
Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or contact anonymously at Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477.