THIEVES have targeted the animal rescue shelter Asoka El Grande. Asoka manages Orihuela’s municipal facilities at the San Bartolome centre which was broken into last weekend.
Thieves caused numerous damages and ruined stocks of vaccines and medicines kept for the 150 dogs and 80 cats at the shelter.
Many had been purchased through donations from residents to help keep the centre operating. Police believe the thieves gained access to the premises by breaking through one of the fences, and climbed into the building through a window.
They proceeded to ransack the place, breaking the alarm, smashing wooden doors and throwing around documentation. None of the computer equipment or surgical material was taken, with it appearing that the gang were simply looking for cash.
Asoka estimate the cost of the lost medications and damage will be more than €600. None of the animals were missing or hurt in the break in.
A representative at Asoka said: “The volunteers of Orihuela are devastated; no one can explain so much evil in an animal shelter.” The centre is assessing the full damage and will then make a plea for the most urgent items.
Anyone who can help Asoka El Grande can contact them by emailing: [email protected]