The Lloydminster and District SPCA took a punch when at least one individual broke into its storage units and stole donated empty bottles sometime between the evening of May 4 and morning of May 5.
The SPCA collects bottles as one of its fundraising ventures and redeems the empties at the bottle depot. The incident is particularly tough for the SPCA to stomach, as it had just received numerous empties from the Rotary Club of Lloydminster after the previous weekend’s Lobsterfest.
“This affects our bottom line,” said executive director Nadine Graham. “The community has been great in donating their empty bottles and we use that income to support the work we do, which includes covering the cost for caring for the animals.”
Fundraising and communications co-ordinator Anmarie Bailey says this isn’t the first time that donated bottles have been stolen from the SPCA.
“People will donate bottles to us and they just leave them outside, and at the end (of the day) we collect them and secure them,” she said.
“We have had people come by within the last year, during the day, to take the bottles that were outside.”
The organization says it has already upgraded its security measures, but would prefer to keep specific details private.
Storage units required repairs after the break-in, as chains and locks were destroyed. Bailey said the damages were worth “a significant amount” of money, but fortunately, the SPCA was able to repair the damages itself.
The SPCA was able to remain open during regular business hours following the incident and Lloydminster RCMP is investigating the case.
The organization does not receive any provincial or federal funding, which makes donations and fundraising critical to operations costs.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police.