Thieves return to seek animal rescue hiding place at volunteer home


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – At just 7 weeks old, Henry the kitten struggled to live.

He was born with a damaged right paw.

“We took him to the vet to see if anything could be done and our vet said he should probably be amputated,” said Julie Beukema, Henry’s foster mother and an animal rescue volunteer from Mosh Pit.

Beukema says not to worry – Henry will find a home.

“He will do very well. There are a lot of three-legged cats, ”Beukema said.

Mosh Pit Rescue in Grand Rapids has been around for about three years and specializes in caring for animals with serious health problems.

When dogs and cats need treatments that can easily cost thousands of dollars, Mosh Pit welcomes the animals, pays for the care, and finds them a good home.

“One way to help save money for these is to collect soft drink cans from the public,” Beukema said. “We have volunteers who are ready to give them back. We have raised a lot of money to help save animals.

Over $ 5,000 has been raised so far this year.

Friday night, Beukema had lined up the latest collection along its aisle. Early Saturday morning, her Ring doorbell let her know someone was in her driveway. Moments later, most of the cans were gone – about $ 100 in all.

“It would have paid for a few visits to the vet,” Beukema said.

Frustrated, Beukeman posted the video on Facebook, hoping someone finds out who the suspects are.

“It’s been almost two years since I had a problem doing this. Then all of a sudden they must have known they were here and decided to help themselves, ”Beukema said.

She was able to move the left over cans to a safer location. But that didn’t stop the thieves from returning.

Not just once, but twice early on Monday morning. First on foot around 3 am, then by bike around 6:45 am They crossed a barrier to the backyard.

This time, nothing was taken except for Beukema’s peace of mind.

“I was scared the first time it happened, but then I thought about it carefully, I hope this is just a unique situation and they will not come back,” said Beukema. “Sure enough, they did.”

The video was turned over to the police. Beukema is not as angry as disappointed.

“I also try to help humans,” Beukema said. “And if that person needed help, if they’d just come and asked me, if he needed food, I would have fed him.”

If you recognize the two suspects, call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3400.

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