An SPCA animal shelter in northern British Columbia is starting the new year without its yearly round of holiday donations after a weekend robbery.
Someone broke into the shelter in Quesnel, located more than 400 kilometres north of Vancouver, between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, said manager Colby O'Flynn.
The cats and dogs at the shelter were unaffected, said O'Flynn.
O'Flynn said a staff member arrived for work on Sunday morning and noticed a chill in the air. The worker quickly saw that a window had been kicked in and the shelter's offices had been trashed.
"They were able to kick the bars off a window and ransacked the shelter, throwing everything everywhere, digging around trying to find the money," O'Flynn said in an interview.
The shelter could be out more than $1,000 — money that would have paid for veterinary procedures.
The shelter is asking for the public's help — both to find the perpetrator and to help replace some of the donations that were stolen.
"To lose $10 as a non-profit is devastating, so even if we lost $1,000, it's going to be very difficult for us," said O'Flynn.