On the 25 August 2020 at around 01:00am the reception and consulting rooms at the Animal Anti-Cruelty League Johannesburg hospital were broken into for the second time in 48 hours and robbed of a total of 5 computers, a public service TV screen and other items with an estimated cost at over R100 000.00
According to Carren Nickloes, Marketing Manager for the Non-profit organisation, on both occasions the thieves entered the premises by breaking through the perimeter prefab wall and electric fence, gained access through our security doors into the hospital reception.
“On both occasions, they then moved to the hospital consulting rooms to take the computer equipment from each room.” said Nickloes
She added that “We were in the process of fixing the premises from the first break in on Saturday night when they hit us for a second time. Apart from the equipment taken, the damage to the premises is extensive, including our perimeter wall and electric fencing, security gates and internal doors”.
Carren Nickloes has confirmed that a case of robbery was opened at the Moffetview Police Station on both Sunday and Tuesday morning.
To a non-profit welfare organization such as ours – reliant entirely on the generosity and goodwill of the animal loving public, it is tough enough trying to stretch our limited budget far enough to take care of ever-increasing animal welfare needs. As with many businesses and individuals at the moment we have been hit hard by the reduced income due to the impact of COVID19 on the organisation and we just cannot afford this type of setback on top of this. Now more than ever the community is calling on our veterinary services for their animals. Sadly, our clients and community are now being impacted as we have had to close our doors until we are able to replace equipment and can make the premises secure and safe for staff, clients and ultimately the animals.
We acknowledge that the public are struggling financially, but if there is anyone who can assist us in any way, either monetary or otherwise to help with our recovery from this unfortunate incident, we would be sincerely grateful.
Donations can be made to:
Animal Anti-Cruelty League Johannesburg
Branch Code: 250655
Deposit ref: Break In
For further information, please contact: Carren Nickloes 011 435 0672 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued by AACL Johannesburg
Date of Issue:26 August 2020