[LAST UPDATED 6/9 at 4:10PM]
Between the evening of June 7th and the morning of June 8th, three night drop cages at the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society were pried open -- and the animals inside were taken.
Explains the Humane Society's Director Ed Williams, "Alright, the animal was placed inside ... and the padlock was locked. Whoever did this used a prybar or something to pry th[e] lock back and open th[e] door and reach in and grab the animal."
Williams has several theories for why someone might do such a thing.
He says some might think they're saving the animals from being euthanized.
He also fears animals might be stolen for dogfighting in the area.
Still, local animal lovers say the night drop system gives them reassurance.
Says pet owner and society volunteer Betty Worthington, "I have pets of my own and if they happened to get out and somebody find them, I would love it if they were brought here because I'd know I could come right back here and get them."
Animals with no microchip or tags are held for five days -- then put up for adoption.
Williams says his main concern is for people to understand the Humane Society does all it can to help -- not hurt -- animals.
Williams says whoever broke into the cages also broke the law and could be cited for vandalizing property.
Recently crates at the Thomas County Humane Society's night drop were broken into -- and animals were stolen.
Society Director Ed Williams says he isn't sure how many animals were stolen or why.
Williams says critics think of the night drop as a one-way ticket for animals to be euthanized, but he insists that just isn't so.
He says animals are always scanned for microchips and possible owners are contacted before an animal is put up for adoption to a good home.
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