Thieves have targeted an National Canine Defence League rehoming centre, stealing thousands of pounds worth of equipment from their offices.

The NCDL centre in Kenilworth, Warwickshire was broken into sometime between 7pm on Tuesday 13 May and 8am the following day. Staff arrived to find that thieves had taken two computers, avideo camera, two mobile phones and several collection boxes containing money.

The equipment was being housed in temporary offices while the centre undergoes a million-pound refurbishment programme. Building at the centre is expected to finishearly next year and, on completion, it will be able to house 280 dogs, instead of the current 60.

Jane Rose, Supporter Relations Officer said: “The staff are extremely upset, especially as we have all been working so hard fundraising to cover the costs of the new kennels.

“We are quite open at the moment because the security fencing is down while the building work is going on but we have now made some changes and won’t be installing any new computers until we move into our new offices.

“It is possible that someone may have come here on the pretence of looking for a dog while checking out the offices,” continued Jane

“We have irretrievably lost information about all our dogs, which had been stored on the computers. We would urge anyone who thinks they have any information on this theft to contact the police.

Anyone with any information should contact Warwickshire police (tel: 01926 415000).

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