Animal shelter hope replace stolen money to finish new facility

ST. JACOB, IL (KPLR) – Onyx the dog was the only eyewitness.

'He`s a greeter,' says Lisa McCormick, Director Partners for Pets.  'Yeah like a Walmart greeter.'

He`s not a guard dog, but this black lab has come to call Partners for Pets home.

The home is the last stop for strays in Madison County is asking for your help after someone broke in over the weekend and stole an estimated $1,000 from a locked cash box.

'Reached in and took the screen out and were able to jimmy the window so they could get in,' says McCormick.

The money was going to be used for this weekend`s trivia night, to pay vet bills and open a larger facility to house more rescues.

'Partners for Pets is an animal shelter and we pull dogs and cats from the local area pounds before they`re euthanized and give them all the medical care and find them new homes,' says McCormick.

In 15 years, they`ve rescued an estimated 16,000 animals that would have been put down.

In 2015 they had 1,349 adoptions.

The nonprofit says every cent counts and the thousand dollars stolen comes at a rough time.

'So this is kind of a blow actually‘adds McCormick.  'I just think that is poor whoever did that to steal from animals.'

Partners for Pets will still hold their trivia night Saturday at the Moose Lodge in Edwardsville and hope the public will come support them.