Sick yobs target pet fundraisers

Manager Joanna Hastie (left) and assistant manager Gwenda Leith survey the damage.

Manager Joanna Hastie (left) and assistant manager Gwenda Leith survey the damage.

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VOLUNTEERS have been left heartbroken after a charity shop was targeted by vandals for the second time in just four months.

The window of Blackpool’s PDSA shop was shattered over the weekend – meaning hundreds of pounds donated to help sick and injured animals will have to be used to pay for repairs.

Staff estimate it will cost at least £500 to fix the damage at the Abingdon Street store, and have said they are saddened “drunken yobs” are treating the charity like this.

Joanna Hastie, the store’s manager, said: “This is the second time we’ve had a window smashed in four months.

“It saddens me that people can treat a charity in this way. PDSA’s vets and nurses provide vital veterinary care to sick and injured pets in the local area, and this store raises funds to help provide that service. Now funds which should have been spent treating pets will have to be spent replacing yet another window.”

The damage was discovered when one of the shop’s volunteers arrived at work on Sunday morning, and assistant manager Gwenda Leith said: “Everyone was upset and angry because we work so hard to try and raise money for veterinary centres and this just puts us back again.

“Last time it happened it was a Saturday night so I think it’s just a drunken yob.”

The town centre shop is already low on stock, and now PDSA has made a desperate appeal for anyone with good quality goods they are willing to donate to drop them off.

Ms Hastie added: “I’m now appealing to local supporters to help by donating their unwanted items to boost our funds for poorly pets. Good quality clothing, books, pictures, vases and ornaments always go down well with our customers, so please think of us if you’re having a Spring clear-out.”

The Blackpool store raises funds for pets to be treated at the town’s PDSA PetAid hospital.

Donations can be dropped in at the shop between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

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