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Investigators: $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from Houston Humane Society

by staff

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 18 at 3:56 PM

HOUSTON—The Houston Humane Society was asking for help Friday after they say $10,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their property.

It happened in the early morning hours of June 17 in the 14700 block of Almeda.

Precinct 6 deputies were called to the scene after Humane Society staff discovered the items were missing from a storage shed in the back of the HHS property.

The Humane Society said the stolen equipment included several pressure washers, arc welders, commercial lawn care equipment, a trailer and a significant number of power and manual tools – all of which were used in the day-to-day operation of the facility.

Security cameras caught the suspects in action. Investigators said they took almost two hours to remove the equipment from the storage facility and into an awaiting vehicle.

Investigators also said they found some evidence at the scene, including clothing, a lid to a spray-paint can, footprints and fingerprints.

Sherry Ferguson, Executive Director of the Houston Humane Society, said the burglary has put an extreme strain on the non-profit animal charity.

"As a nonprofit, this equipment is very difficult to come by. These items are things we use every day at the shelter," she said. "It’s heartbreaking that someone would steal from homeless animals. They’re so deserving of our time, our attention and funds in order to help give them a second chance."

Ferguson said the lack of equipment has significantly compromised the shelter’s ability to operate, and they need the public’s help.

If you would like to help replace the stolen items, donations can be sent to:

P.O. Box 450528

Houston, TX 77245

Donations can also be made online by clicking here.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact the Houston Humane Society’s animal cruelty investigators at 713-433-6421.

The Houston Humane Society has been serving the Greater Houston area for the past 50 years.

They receive no federal, state or local funding and rely solely on donations and special events.