Donation box stolen during break-in at Arizona Humane Society

AHS donations stolen

Credit: Arizona Humane Society

Donation box stolen during break-in at Arizona Humane Society


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 5:07 AM

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PHOENIX – Someone broke into the Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope Campus and stole a donation box full of cash.

Employees arrived at the facility at 13th Avenue and Hatcher Road in Phoenix Wednesday morning and found that the adoption lobby had been broken into and vandalized, according to spokeswoman Ashliegh Goebel.

Staff members believe the incident occurred sometime between midnight and 6 a.m.

In addition to shattering the glass front door, the thieves stole a donation box containing an estimated $150 to $200 in cash left by Arizona Humane Society supporters.

"Even like a dollar could be used to feed an animal for a day, $5 could be used for giving medicine to a dog in our trauma center for a day," Goebel said. "Every little bit helps and so it is a big hit."

Goebel said AHS is a nonprofit organization and relies solely on donations from the community to support its lifesaving programs and services.

"We take great pride in stewarding every penny to help us save the lives of thousands of homeless pets every year," Goebel said in an email to 3TV.

"It's definitely heartbreaking that someone would do that," said Casey Dooley, who was at the animal shelter to adopt a dog. "It's awful that someone would do it to a place like this."

No people or animals were hurt during the theft.

Goebel said Phoenix police were notified of the break-in.

Anyone interested in making a donation to help cover the cost of damages can visit or call 602-997-7586.