4th Dec, 2016

'Heartless' thief leaves Wythall Animal Sanctury in need of donations

Solihull Editorial 28th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A HEARTLESS thief raided Wythall Animal Sanctuary – stripping the community-run animal centre of its supplies and leaving it more dependant than ever on donations.

The sanctuary – which homes over 100 rescue animals – was targeted on Sunday (May 15) and the offender was caught on CCTV (picured).

The offender gatecrashed the sanctuary and swiped the goods – before making a swift exit in a red Volkswagen Up.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: “The suspect is described as a white man of a slim build, between 30 to 40 years of age.

“He was believed to have dark coloured hair with the back and sides shaved, and was thought to be wearing blue jeans, a black hooded jacket and black trainers.”

The selfish attack has caused great upset and has left the sanctuary discussing future security plans – an expense which will hit the centre hard.

A spokesperson for the sanctuary told The Observer: “We’re extremely shocked that someone would steal from charity which relies so much on the generosity of the public.

“As the incident has left us quite vulnerable, we’ve set up a crowdfunding page to raise funds to improve our security systems.”

Police are looking to find the suspect responsible and are urging witnesses to come forward with any information.

To support the sanctuary, visit justgiving.com/wythallanimalsanctuary