Mean-spirited thief takes donated goods

Tuesday May 15, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
The SPCA shop, with regular visitor Hercules relaxing outside. The shop was the scene of a theft on Saturday morning. 16081920 The SPCA shop, with regular visitor Hercules relaxing outside. The shop was the scene of a theft on Saturday morning. 16081920

A number of donated goods were stolen from the Cook Islands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Saturday morning.

SPCA op-shop manager Sandra Lovering was driving past the shop when she spotted someone picking up bags of donated goods that had been left on the shop’s doorstep. The person then drove away with the goods in a white ute, says Lovering.

“There’s always the one who spoils it for all.

“The SPCA gets no funding, the money we make to keep the operation going is from donated goods.”

Lovering said the theft would cause a “domino” effect.

“There will be a dog in the shelter that doesn’t get to eat. There will be a dog lying on the side of the road hit by a car that the SPCA animal ambulance can’t get to because we couldn’t buy petrol. There will be an animal lying in pain because we can’t buy the medication it needs. There will be no SPCA caretaker for you to ring in an emergency to come and help you, because we can’t pay the wages.”

Some people questioned the thief’s motives, with one social media commenter advising Lovering not to be so hard”.  Maybe that person really needed it and who cares who this person is?”

In reply, Lovering said anything that had been donated, the SPCA had been entrusted with to get true value for the items.

“The people that have given have done so with animals in mind, not to give away to people”.

“If you have a true need, ask, and you will be given. But to steal, I have (an) issue with.”

It is unknown whether the police will be investigating the theft.

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