ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Animal Humane New Mexico is upping its security after a thief ripped off the shelter. Someone made off with electronic tablets Animal Humane uses to show people the pets that are up for adoption.
Google tablets are supposed to be posted outside every dog's room in Animal Humane's state-of-the-art adoption center. People can use the tablets to read more about a dog, pull up pictures, even watch a video that showcases a dog's personality. But just hours after a video thanking the couple who donated all 25 tablets was posted online, someone cut the locks on two tablet display cases.
"Someone came in, we suspect with bolt cutters, cut the locks, and took two of the tablets that are being used as displays for homeless dogs," said Dawn Glass, marketing director of Animal Humane. "It's so disappointing to think that someone would knowingly steal from a nonprofit that's caring for our state's homeless pets."
Now only a handful of rooms at the entry to the adoption center have the digital displays. Staffers have removed tablets from the back hallway, putting up general information sheets instead.
Animal Humane has ordered stronger locks for the display cases, installed security cameras and are looking at replacing the stolen tablets, all expenses the nonprofit didn't budget for.
"We try to use all of the money we take in to directly care for the pets," Glass said. "When we have to incur an expense like this when someone was generous to donate it, it's very disheartening."
Animal Humane has filed a report with the Albuquerque Police Department.
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