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Humane Society of Pinellas reports weekend break-in

CLEARWATER — The Humane Society of Pinellas was burglarized and vandalized over the weekend, officials said.

Staffers on Sunday morning discovered broken door locks, smashed windows, and money missing from cash registers and donation containers, said shelter spokeswoman Twila Cole.

"When I received the phone call, it just felt like you were punched in the gut," Cole said.

No animals were taken or injured, and it did not appear the culprits tried to get into cages.

Cole said the burglars damaged three buildings on the property at 3040 State Road 590 off McMullen-Booth Road — a medical building, an adoption center and an education center. They took cash from adoptions, donations and payments for medical treatment. Officials aren't sure of the exact amount stolen because it's unknown how much was in each donation container.

The facility does not have a surveillance system, Cole said.

Humane Society board member John Chris Kamkutis learned of the incident Monday and donated $100 to offset the cost of repairs. "I just feel bad for the animals, so I challenged all the board members to donate a hundred bucks," he said.

The nonprofit operates solely on donations, Cole said, through the group's website, HumaneSocietyofPinellas.com, or by calling (727) 797-7722, ext. 222.

Humane Society of Pinellas reports weekend break-in 11/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 11:12pm]
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