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Thieves steal kennels and trailer from rescue group

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Several large outdoor kennels and the trailer they were on were stolen from the Greenville Memorial Hospital area this weekend, according to Kelley Blair, director of Upstate Animal Rescue. Blair announced the theft on her Facebook page and the Upstate Animal Rescue Facebook page last night.

This theft is especially heartless. The homeless pets in shelters depend heavily upon volunteer-based animal rescue organizations that operate on a shoestring.

"An AT&T employee witnessed the theft, he reported to police that a White Ford Explorer, driven and occupied by a female/white and male/white, had cut the lock off the trailer and he followed them but lost them", Blair told Examiner in an interview.

She added "If this were my personal items it would hurt but to steal from the animals of this rescue is heart breaking. We scrimp and scrape for every dollar and this kind of loss is huge for us. Please ask everyone in the Greenville Memorial Hospital area of Greenville, S.C. to be on the lookout for this vehicle, our kennels and trailer that was borrowed to haul rescue equipment, a 8 by 10 landscape trailer and 2 kennels, 10 x 10 x 6."

A police report has been filed, and the witness did get the tag number.

This theft hits the rescue at an especially bad time. Kitten and puppy season is nearing, and the shelters already near capacity will be overflowing with kittens, puppies, and their mothers. In addition, the rescue has taken in several pets with serious medical needs, including a chihuahua who was in labor for more than two days and required an emergency c-section, and a stray dog who was covered with oil and whose eyes were infected to the point where she was blind.

The rescue has been planning a yard sale for this weekend to raise funds; they will begin an fundraising effort to replace the badly needed kennels and the borrowed trailer.

Upstate Animal Rescue is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Blair asked that any donations be sent via Paypal to email address uarsc@yahoo.com.

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