A MANAGER of a dog rescue charity shop fears for its future after she claims donations from residents have been stolen.
The PALS Dog Rescue charity shop offers care to 30 fostered dogs aged between three and 15, many of whom are on medication and cannot be re-homed.
However, manager Beth Bradder has sent out a desperate plea for people to stop taking charity bags full of donations that are left outside of the shop in Bentley Road, Bentley.
She told the Free Press that without these donations, the dogs that it helps were the ones who ultimately suffered.
She said: “We really are desperate. Our dogs will die or become very sick without their medication.
“It’s happened on more than one occasion. We get to the shop knowing donations have been left, and when we arrive they have been taken from outside of the shop where people have put them for us.
“These people just don’t think of the consequences. It’s happening every time something is donated.
“We’ve reported it to the police before and we’re appealing for people to call into the shop with their donations or call us so that we can come and pick them up instead.”
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said officers went to the shop back in October following a spate of donations thefts over a lengthy period.
Pc Karl Keeling, from the Bentley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said this type of theft would not be tolerated.
He added: “Incidents of theft from outside the shop were reported to police, having occurred over a period of three months.
“Police made inquiries and investigated the incident however no arrests were made.
“If any further thefts are committed I would advise that they are reported to the police.
“We will not tolerate this type of crime and we will always fully investigate to try and find those responsible.”
People wanting to have their donations picked up are advised to call 01302 818471.
Donations can also be dropped off in the shop between 9am and 2pm.