Cruel break-in at animal sanctuary

Empty cabinets in the shop at Mountains Animal Sanctuary'
Empty cabinets in the shop at Mountains Animal Sanctuary'

HEARTLESS thieves targeted Mountains Animal Sanctuary at Glen Ogil between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

The theft by housebreaking at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, which is a charity and receives no government funding, occurred between 9.30 p.m. on Sunday and 7.15 a.m. on Monday.

Staff at the sanctuary, which has provided food, shelter, medical care, unconditional love and patience for 30 years to horses, donkeys and ponies, are devastated with the situation.

A quantity of goods, merchandise and money was stolen from the animal sanctuary and the building was also subject to deliberate flooding by the perpetrator leaving all of the taps on in the visitor centre toilets and the kitchen.

Pam Taylor, the general manager at the charity, said: “Whoever broke in has completely wrecked the office and the door. They have thrown items in the office everywhere and purposely left all the taps on with the plugs in to flood the building and cause damage.

“We had such a lovely time at Sunday’s nativity and raised funds in the region of £2,500 for the charity, and all of it has been stolen along with a CCTV unit, high value goods and merchandise.”

The sanctuary’s beautiful wooden carving of a horse known as ‘Milton’ at the centre was stolen. The carving was given as a gift to the charity and it is hoped that he can be returned in one piece.

Pam said: “Milton would be difficult to be sold as he is very unique. Hopefully we can get him back in one piece.”

A spokesperson for Tayside Police said: “Tayside Police is investigating a break-in to Mountains Animal Sanctuary, Glen Ogil by Kirriemuir sometime between 9.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, and Monday, December 10. Thieves made off with a quantity of money, along with goods and merchandise from the visitors centre.

Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”