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The Grinch breaks into the Vernon SPCA

Why thieves targeted the Vernon SPCA, and why they didn't appear to take anything has shelter staff mystified.

They may not have taken anything, but they did leave a huge mess behind. SPCA staff says it reminds them of  famous 'bad guy' Christmas characters such as the Grinch and Scrooge.

“We don’t know why someone would break in,” says Vernon branch manager Corinne Ross. She says the person or persons appear to have dropped through or fallen through the ceiling into a small room where only vaccines and antibiotics are kept. “Nothing seems to be missing. Any motive is a real mystery.”

The bewildering break-in happened when the person (or people) apparently made a hole into the building from outside, and climbed into the building to drop into the SPCA.

Shelter staff say it looks like they then climbed back out the hole they came in, as there’s no evidence he, she or they were in any other room in the facility.

“It’s mystifying,” Ross says. “They could have fallen into a dog kennel and been bitten, or injured one of the many felines in the cat rooms. It certainly wasn’t Santa trying to come down the chimney. There were no gifts for our animals.”

The SPCA is saddened by this act as every spare penny they have goes toward helping the animals, and potential costly repairs mean less money for the pets looking for homes.

The RCMP are investigating; anyone with information is asked to contact them anonymously at Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477.

Anyone who is able to help the Vernon and District branch can donate online at or visit in person, at 4800 Haney Rd., Vernon.



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