WEST PALM BEACH (CBS12) — Police are investigating a gutless and despicable break-in at a local animal hospital. It has been burglarized for the third time in a row.
Thankfully no animals have been hurt, but the clinic doesn't know if it can recoup from the losses.
Paws2Help recently moved, and during the moving process, 2 donation boxes were stolen, plus a computer and a cash register.
What makes this so upsetting-- this hospital helps the poor community and treats hundreds of dogs and cats every day.
The new location on Forest Hill Blvd is where Paws2Help will be caring for pets at the lowest possible cost. The mission here is to serve those who cant afford regular vet trips.
"They have a very reasonable price and the treatment is very nice," said Martha Martins, who brings her dog Moose for shots.
"That's very frustrating and somebody's got to do something,"
Martins is talking about a recent late night burglary. 3 actually in 2 weeks. The front check-in area was picked over: Heavy duty donation boxes were lifted, each with hundreds of dollars of contributions inside. A few nights later, A PC was taken and the register. An estimated 4,000 dollars is gone.
Eve Van Engel founded Paws2Help and built it from the ground up. She started by taking in strays (which she still does) and some live in the clinic instead of in shelters.
"It really hurts ...it hurts us and it makes us feel that we have been cheated... and it also really hurts the animals that we cannot use that money for," Van Engel said.
The nonprofit hospital now needs help to stay afloat. See the link below if you want to help.
Police do have some leads.