Non-profit animal therapy group burglarized

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The staff of a Phoenix non-profit showed up at their office at 2601 East Rose Garden Lane in North Phoenix on Friday morning to find broken glass and a kicked in door, and thousands of dollars worth of stuff missing.

Horses Help, a non-profit that provides animal therapy to special needs children and adults, was burglarized overnight.

Among the items stolen were 50 silver bracelets that were to be used for raising money for scholarships, a pellet gun, and an Arizona flag.

In addition, several items that were to be auctioned off at an upcoming benefit, including a guitar signed by Alice Cooper, were taken.

Executive director Gregg Goodman estimates an overall loss of $2,500, a significant amount for the organization.

"We count our pennies, we don't count our dollars. We're getting ready to have to buy hay here and that's what all the money was going to go for," he said. "A truck of hay is going to be $4,000, so it's hard to replace that."

The suspect also stole what he or she may have thought was an envelope of cash, but was actually filled with fake cash for an upcoming casino night.

Goodman says one of the most important items stolen was a hard drive containing thousands of pictures of the groups activities and participants over the past few years.

He's hoping whoever is responsible woke up today realizing they made a mistake, and will return the items.

"Bring the stuff back, I'll shake your hand, and I won't say a word," he said.

For more information on the group, visit http://www.horseshelp.org/.