An equine charity has been “overwhelmed” by public support following a break-in at their Lincolnshire site this week.
Staff at rescue and welfare charity Bransby Horses were shocked to find thieves had stolen a collection box from their flagship visitor centre on Wednesday (17 August).
As well as snatching funds destined for horses who have suffered cruelty and neglect, the thieves had also smashed the building’s doors.
After the news broke on Facebook, the public responded with a flurry of donations, which have now helped the charity to replace the contents of the stolen box, raising more than £300.
“Following the break-in we have been overwhelmed by the kindness of our supporters which has really lifted the spirits of the Bransby Horses’ staff,”said chief executive Jo Snell.
“Everyone works so hard and to be the victim of theft was heartbreaking.
“Thank you so much to all of our wonderful supporters.”
The Lincoln visitor and education centre continues to operate its normal opening hours, from 10am-4pm seven days a week. It offers visitors the chance to meet some of the rescues and learn about horse welfare and the work the charity carries out.
Along with its rescue centre in Herefordshire, the site is one of two operated by the 46-year-old charity. One of the largest in the UK, it has up to 500 horses and ponies in its care at any one time.
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Almost 400 animals are based at Lincoln, with a further 295 out on re-homing schemes.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have now released a CCTV shot of the thief (above). Anyone with information should call 101, quoting crime reference number 3417816.
For further information on Bransby, to make a donation or re-home a horse visit the charity’s website..