KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - Police are looking for information after an apparent theft at the Kennett Humane Department on Saturday, Oct. 31.
The Kennett Police Department reports about 250 gallons of dog food and other items had been stolen.
According to the Humane Department, when a humane officer arrived at the building, she saw the locks had been cut off. One of the locks was on the ground.
Along with the food, someone allegedly stole half of the humane department's cleaning supplies and several crates.
The humane department says it is sickened by this "selfish" crime.
Tina Petix, the shelter's humane officer was shocked to learn that someone had stolen months' worth of dog food and expensive cleaning supplies.
"We depend on that and all of that is paid for by private donations," Petix said.
The locks to the storage units were cut and the bins where the food was stored, wheeled off the lot.
"We had five, at least five, 50 gallon trash cans. If you add it up that is a lot of money. Plus our cleaning supplies, we had a couple of crates were stolen."
Petix believes the thief or thieves injured one of the shelter's full-time residential cats, who appears to be missing some teeth following the incident.
Despite the setback,donations have already begun pouring in for the animals still waiting to find their forever homes.
"We are just ready to save some more lives," said Petix.
According to the humane department, the concern is that their intake numbers are up and so many of the animals need medical care.
"We have struggled over the medical but we have had no concerns with the other needs of the animals. We had a good supply of food and supplies. In just one night that has all changed. The heartless thieves have stolen from the homeless animals."
The incident is currently under investigation. A $500 reward is being offered for information on the theft.
After the theft, donations of dog food have been pouring in to the humane department.