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Finding Forever Animal Rescue needs your help after several thefts

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MARION (WSIL) -- Finding Forever Animal Rescue in Marion is asking for your help after several thefts and vandalism.

Finding Forever Animal Rescue has fallen victim to a number of crimes with multiple repeat offenders.

"We have at least five on camera. We know of a few more for sure. We've got people kind of meandering back here but not on camera. But one lady in particular, she's been back at least three times now," says Becca Baird, Director of the rescue.

Baird says people are stealing their donations which is the rescue's main source of income. "People came back and they brought enough tools to take the entire fence panel down. You can kind of see back there that there's a chain right now holding that up. We put a chain around it just to kind of fix it, quick fix, and then somebody came back and they started pushing the entire fence panel down."

Baird says people have even been bold enough to come during the day and have cut their locks. "We had an employee, she was cleaning at 8 AM and somebody was breaking in during that time frame. You watch them on camera, they're very just kind of confident about what they're doing. They walk right back there. The people who brought the bolt cutters they walked right back with confidence. They dropped the bolt cutters in our parking lot. They left the locks. They took down our no tresspassing signs."

Baird says the loss of donations is tough but made even worse by constant repairs. "The donations are frustrating as it is but then we have to spend money that should've been going towards our animals back to fix a fence, or buy new locks, or whatever they do next. It's like we do one thing and then we're two steps back as soon as we fix it."

The rescue asks that people bring donations during regular business hours and call ahead when bringing large donations. If you recognize anyone in the surveillance footage you're asked to contact the Marion Police Department.

Jacie Brianne

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