ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque thrift shop that's supposed to help support homeless animals has become the target of Dumpster divers.
Animal Humane New Mexico's thrift shop moved to its current location on Menaul Boulevard NE near Washington Street about a year ago.
The Animal Humane staff says traffic at the shop has increased because of its new location but so has traffic out back in the trash bin, which is used for disposing of broken or unwanted items the shop can't sell.
A surveillance camera is trained on the bin, and it's captured some strange antics including a woman repeatedly trying to break into another Dumpster diver's car.
"The problem with this is they're pretty careless, and they'll throw things out," Marketing Director Dawn Glass, told KRQE News 13. "So we arrive in the morning to a parking lot that is a mess, and our staff has to clean it up before opening."
Some of the scavengers have even threatened thrift shop staff prompting staff to call police.
"It's a waste of our resources, and it's a disservice to the homeless pets that this thrift store is here to help," Glass said.
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