Computers stolen from SPCA in Waltloo

 

The SPCA in Waltloo was robbed of its computers in the early hours of Friday morning.

Spokesperson advocate Jacqui Grové said armed robbers overpowered the security guard and forced the steel gates open to gain access to the premises.

“We were closed today [Friday] to give us an opportunity to get operations going again,” said Grové.

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Grové said none of the volunteers or animals were hurt during the robbery, but extensive damage was done to the reception and general office area.

“We are lucky none of us were there when it happened, but who robs charity?” she asked.

Grové said she was grateful the security officer was not injured.

“There was a dark cloud hanging over the SPCA today.”

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“We are a charity organisation and didn’t expect something like this to happen to us.”

She said although all the computers had been stolen, the SPCA would be operating as usual from Saturday.

Grové said since the SPCA was dependent on public funding and donations, it would be relying on residents’ help to get back on track.

“We are in a position to continue our operations manually through our paper backup, but it is still a big loss.”

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