A small west valley animal shelter, whose sole endeavor is to help stray and abandoned pets, has been targeted my metal thieves.
The Sun Valley Animal Shelter took the hit sometime over the weekend.
The crook took water pipes feeding into the shelter's irrigation system, and the cost to repair the damage could be more than this small Glendale shelter can handle.
If the insurance won't cover the repairs, they don't know how they will be able afford it. But they do know the situation could have been even worse.
"We are so close to the street and we have so many indiscriminate people drive by, they could have been casing the place. Our main water line, we finally got that locked up 6-8 months ago, so we saved that from getting damaged. Or we would have been completely without water whatsoever," says Kurt Oleson of Sun Valley Animal Shelter.
"It's frustrating, the holidays as they are, people should be taking care of each other rather than taking from others."
The water fed the plants and some watering areas for pets.
Ironically, this week the shelter had scheduled to install protective cages over these pipes to prevent this type of crime. Unfortunately the crooks got to the pipes before that work could be done.
The shelter is located at 110th Ave near Glendale Ave.