VETS in Sollhull helped ensure Christmas was not cancelled for rescue dogs in Coventry after a sack full of donated presents was stolen on the day they were due to be delivered.
Willows Veterinary Centre had donated gifts to the charity Love Underdogs for Christmas but the vehicle which collected the presents was stolen from a Moseley driveway.
But this did not prevent the homeless dogs receiving gifts as charity supporters rushed to provide toys, food and money to ensure the charity could deliver Christmas to its residents.
Michelle Pearson, from Love Underdogs, said: “The generosity of the staff at Willows has been incredibly touching.
“They went out of their way to put together these beautiful gifts, wrapped with such care and they told a story of great professionals with big hearts wanting to spoil these dogs who have never had much in their lives.
“For us, we were just devastated for the dogs and for the Willows team. Crime spares no one, not even charities.
“However, we received lovely donations such as toys and treats, as well as financial aid, when our supporters found out about the situation, so we are incredibly grateful to our community for their support.”
Love Underdogs is a charity which rescues, treats, rehabilitates, and finds loving homes for dogs who have fallen on hard times.
Willows practice manager, Rebecca Tomlinson said: “We are appalled that someone would be so cruel as to steal from a charity at what is always a difficult time of year. We will continue to support Love Underdogs through our charity events and hope that we can help bring a little happiness to the many dogs looking for a loving home.”
Visit www.loveunderdogs.org forfurther details about Love Underdogs.