Animal Welfare League: Pets Pant in Summer Heat – A/C Theft

by Mary Haight on July 1, 2011

Animal Welfare League is asking for help. There was a notice from Steve Dale on Facebook – the airAnimal Welfare League conditioning units were trashed for copper parts, leaving 100 dogs and cats at Animal Welfare League without cooling just when the summer is getting nasty. It was 91 today, and the humidity is rising.

Police report that these kinds of crimes are on the rise, even window air-conditioners are targeted.  This may be a national, not just a local problem, given speculation by some enforcement officials of a recession-based crime wave.

Animal Welfare League Theft

The Animal Welfare League theft was discovered Thursday night after an event was held on the premises.  The rooms were getting uncomfortably warm, and when someone checked on the units,  authorities were notified.

Friday morning large fans were brought in to circulate the air, but the stress of heat and humidity can threaten animals’ lives. Air exchange is a very important factor in keeping animals healthy and preventing the spread of disease. An updated report said that volunteers brought in three  a/c units to bring temporary relief.

100 cats and dogs need some heroes to step forward – who do you know who could provide air conditioning units for the Animal Welfare League building? According to the NBC report, Susan Naiden, Founder of Trio Animal Foundation, got a quote of $25,000 (omd!) to replace the two commercial units. Maybe a company with several sites in the area could step forward, maybe some grant-making organizations could  put up matching funds – but there’s a time issue and health concern here.  Fundraising is not always a quick process.

There is also a need for better security at Animal Welfare League which is another immediate expense.  Please donate what you can at the Animal Welfare League’s donation page.

Shelters out there take note – protect your property, check insurance policies to see what is and is not covered.

 

 

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Mel
Mel

So sad. If the copper was stolen out of desperation then that is sad. The result is also sad because animals will suffer now too. I'm glad Trane was kind enough to help, but wishing they could do more.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Mel - I agree on all counts...I put that note on my FB page about Trane loaning portable a/c units so the animals are comfortable, but would like to see where the donations stand and get some more info before doing an update. They really need a security system, too and that's not cheap! No security companies have stepped up as far as I know. All that money going to systems instead of the care and feeding of animals. A/C is essential especially in a building as old as AWL, but I also understand the feeling of loss of $ for the animals.

veryvizsla
veryvizsla

I'm voting on Edie's theory. A/C units, especially industrial ones have loads and loads of copper in them. A few years ago, thieves stole the copper off a church roof in Quebec. How's that for nasty :O

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Copper off a church - sheesh. The first thing I thought of was money for drugs on the A/C units - so they get a few hundred bucks and it costs 20K or so to replace. Sigh...Thanks for stopping by, Karen!

Kris
Kris

Does the ACL need some foster families to temporarily place animals while they get the cooling problem solved?

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

AWL may need to license new foster families - you can certainly call and volunteer for that:) I had trouble with the main phone, so if the same happens to you just call the Chicago Ridge office. Thanks - I am sure they will be thrilled to hear from you!

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Antonio Giovanni

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MaryHaight
MaryHaight

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Jasmine
Jasmine

Just unbelievable what people are capable of doing!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Yes, Jana, there is something to surprise us it seems almot every day - and not in a good way;-/ Thanks for stopping by.

Lorie Huston, DVM
Lorie Huston, DVM

Geez....what is this world coming to when thieves steal from an animal rescue? So sorry to hear about this, Mary. Heading to the donation page now.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I know, Lorie, isn't this something - so stupid...thieves got a few bucks fo the copper, destroying tens of thousands of dollars of equipment. Thanks Lorie, for your donation, that is so kind of you!

Edie
Edie

When I first saw the headlines about this story, I thought it was a gratuitous act of vandalism. Somehow the fact that people might be stealing copper out of desperation makes me feel better about human nature, though worse about the economy and what it's driving people too. That doesn't help the animals of course, but I appreciate your providing context to the story as you always do. And I'll try to help in any way possible.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks, Edie - desperation is scary...but you would think they would avoid old folks homes and animal shelters! Amazing that people are just taking window units out of windows - no breaking and entering charges, just theft...wow. Thanks for spreading the word, too!

Bailey
Bailey

That is sad, but more common as people have not thought for others or the consequences of stealing from others. I hope the donations come forward.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks for voicing your concern, Bailey - I too hope this gets solved - f a s t.

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