ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A rash of thefts has a Roswell animal shelter in a desperate situation.
In just one week, the Humane Society has caught more than 50 people stealing from their thrift-store donation boxes, and now they're struggling to feed the animals.
The Roswell Humane Society posted a plea for puppy food on its Facebook wall Tuesday.
"We had enough to feed Tuesday night, but not enough to feed Wednesday night," said staff member Krystle Smith. "That's why we put on Facebook, 'Help!' Emergency, help."
The post brought in numerous bags of puppy chow, but Humane Society workers say the problem doesn't stop there. The main reason they ran out of food is because people have been stealing from their thrift store's donation piles.
"They're taking from hungry mouths that need it. They are taking away from the animals because the money that could be made could be going toward helping the animals," said Smith.
The thrift store is the main funding sources for the Roswell Humane Society. The store's profit goes toward buying animal supplies like food.
"They just come. They see it. They take it and say oh I can sell this at yard sale and make some extra money. I don't have to go out and work for it," said Smith.
In one week, officials say 55 people stole from the store's donation boxes. They say some of those thieves are repeat offenders.
"It's not just clothes they take. It's everything," said Smith. "They don't even sort through it. They load it up and take it and go and then whatever they don't want they bring it back later for someone else to pick up and take."
Humane society workers say they have more than 200 surveillance videos of people stealing from them. They say they've handed them over to Roswell police.
The humane society is asking people to bring their donations to the store during regular business hours.
They also say people can schedule an appointment for the human society to pick up donations.
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