HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - "It's low, it's beyond low." That's how Natalie Robinson described what happened at her clinic in the Humane Society of Catawba County building. Some time early Tuesday, the place was broken into.
A window was smashed, a VCR destroyed, and the Hope Clinic - where Robinson helps to take care of animals - was ransacked.
Officials think the crook was looking for drugs, but none are kept there. A few syringes were stolen, but none had needles, which are kept elsewhere.
Whoever broke in didn't stop there, though.
Two donation jars at the front counter were emptied. It's estimated that 60 dollars were lost. That money has been used to help handle the annual influx of kittens.
"For formula, food, litter and more things," said Amanda Davis.
Besides the thefts and the damage, the crook did something else, said Robinson.
"They traumatized some of the animals," Davis said. She thinks the presence of someone on the property was enough to upset the routine of several cats.
One positive did come out of it all, officials said. Donors have stepped up to help. Some offering to fix the window, another pledging to pay the insurance deductible.
"We are so thankful for everyone who has stepped up to help us," said Davis.
Meanwhile, Hickory Police investigators are asking anyone who might have information as to who was responsible to give them a call.