SPCA manager Rob Andrew and Pippin the kitten examine the few remaining cents in the donation box after it was stolen and smashed last week.

Nelson animal shelter smarting after theft

The manager of the Nelson SPCA is “disheartened” after the donation box at their adoption centre was swiped last week.

The manager of the Nelson SPCA is “disheartened” after the donation box at their adoption centre was swiped last week.

Rob Andrew says they’ve narrowed the timeframe for the crime to a five-to-ten minute window between 6 and 6:30 p.m. last Friday.

The facility was closed, but a staff member was walking a dog and the alarm system was off.

“It’s possible the front door didn’t latch,” Andrew says. “They didn’t use any tools to get in that I could tell.”

He says the thief was “almost waiting for an opportunity” and must have known exactly what they were doing. The locked donation box was smashed open and discovered in the alley the following day.

Andrew estimates it contained $300 to $400, accumulated over a few months — which would otherwise have been used to look after animals.

“That could care for an old cat for a year if we had to keep one,” he says. “That could be four cat spay/neuters or two dog spay/neuters. It’s huge. We operate at a loss so every dollar is massive as far as our long-term viability.”

The SPCA receives no government funding and relies on donations to survive.

Police are investigating but found no useful fingerprints and have few leads.

While money has been stolen from the shelter before, Andrew says it was never in these circumstances.

“I hope whoever it was needed it. I’m sure it’s already been spent — I’m not holding out too much hope for getting the money back, but would like to know who did it.”

Andrew says he would hate to learn it was someone they’ve helped.

“It’s really disheartening, mostly. But being in this position I have the pleasure of seeing hundreds of things that warm my heart as well.”

Anyone with information on the theft can contact the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919 or the SPCA at 250-352-7178.

The adoption centre is in the Savoy Lanes building at 520C Falls Street.

Just Posted

RDCK moves ahead with Castlegar rec complex upgrade plan

Board approves grant application for $13 million from provincial, federal governments

Cottonwood Lake preservation group surpasses $50,000 fundraising goal

In 28 days, 393 donors have contributed to the fund

Last of southern Selkirk caribou relocated to Revelstoke area

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Scammers using Castlegar home for rental fraud

Local realtors say the problem is happening more frequently with their properties

West Kootenay radio club says local network in need of upgrades

Club president Lane Wilson estimated $100,000 of work required

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Judge denies requests from Calgary couple charged in son’s death

David and Collet Stephan wanted $4 million to pay for past and future legal bills

Explosion sends B.C. firefighter to hospital

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Ex-Mountie investigating ‘Surrey six’ murders pleads guilty to obstruction

Derek Brassington entered his plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

RECALL: Salmon Village maple salmon nuggets

Customers warned not to eat product due to possible Listeria contamination

Most Read