Vandals Wreck Animal Shelter, Kill Cats

By: Lacey Steele Email
By: Lacey Steele Email

Late last Wednesday, someone broke into the shelter and tormented some of the animals.

"The office was totally wrecked," said Lindsey Shaffar, President of their local humane society and a volunteer at the shelter. "All the rest of the cat cages were turned over. There was blood everywhere. It was really bad."

Volunteers found out someone had broken in through the back of the facility.

"They let some of our dogs just loose," said Shaffar. "They came into the office. They brought a big boxer into the office."

That big boxer was a female named Babette, who they say is playful and has never hurt a human.

She is known to have a severe aggression toward cats and fought when locked in the office where some of the cats are kept.

"They released two of the cats, and the cats got killed," said Shaffar. "She killed the cats unfortunately."

The two cats were killed, and Babette sustained cuts from the fight, but the intruders didn't stop there.

They also stole about $500 from the shelter's "Power of One" campaign.

"Which is asking people to donate just a dollar, and our local city council is going to match that amount," said Shaffar. "We had a big vet bill, so we were trying to pay down our vet bill. They got some of that money."

Volunteers at the shelter are shocked.

"We love these animals, and we do everything we can to get them good homes and take care of them," said Shaffar. "We just feel really bad that somebody in our community would do something like this."

They now want to take measures to keep a similar event from happening again.

"We are going to look into some security cameras, and we're going to change some things," said Shaffar. "We hate the idea of being in a small rural area, and you would think you wouldn't have to do that, but unfortunately I guess times have changed, and there are some cruel people out there."

You can donate money to the "Power of One" fundraiser through March 14.

The U.S. Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.

If you have any information, please contact the Leitchfield Police Department at (270) 259-3850.


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