Appeal after animal donations stolen

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 October 2010 | UPDATED: 16:03 27 October 2010

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Archant

SECRET World staff have appealed to the public to be vigilant after food meant for their animal winter supply was stolen from a donation bin in Weston.

Hedgehog

Following an appeal for donations of food to feed vulnerable animals over the winter, donation bins were set up in supermarkets in the area.

But the bin at the Tesco supermarket in central Weston has been emptied by thieves who left with the food supplies donated by members of the public.

Secret World’s fundraiser Debbie O’Keefe said: “With so many animals to look after throughout the cold winter months, we need to replenish our food supplies and it is very sad to hear that such kind donations are being stolen from a Charity that relies so heavily on public donations to keep its doors open.”

The wildlife care centre has appealed to members of the public to be watchful and to report anyone seen emptying the bins who is not in official Secret World uniform to store personnel or the charity on 01278 783250.

The supplies, especially tins of cat or dog food, is being collected to care largely for the centre’s growing population of young hedgehogs, who are too small to sustain themselves through hibernation in the winter.

Donations can be made at the Tesco supermarkets in Weston and Burnham, Morrisons in Weston or dropped directly to Secret World in New Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PZ.

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