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PAW Shelter Theft

FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Officials at the PAW shelter in Fort Madison said they're blown away by the amount of support they've gotten from the community after being broken into and burglarized last week.

Shelter board chairman Brad Walker said it happened late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

"Somebody broke into the back of the shelter, came right in and stole a safe that we had donations dropped into," he said.

Unsure of how much was taken, Walker said they've already contacted multiple local banks to watch out for someone looking to cash checks in their name

He said those who have donated recently should also check their accounts.

"We are asking anyone who has donated in the past couple of days to check with their banks to see if those checks have cleared," he said.

Walker said they've been blown away by the community's response to their misfortune.

"Fox Theatre did a popcorn fundraiser over the last couple days, Parthenon Pizza in Fort Madison has done a fundraiser for us for what we lost and Sheaffer Golf Course is having an event this Saturday where they're going to donate $5 for every round of golf to the shelter," he said.

Walker said those still looking to help out can play a big role.

"The main thing we need right now is money, he said. "We are trying to fundraise as much as we can for a new shelter here just to the north of the current shelter."

But Walker said they're also in need of other items.

"If you don't want to donate money, you can donate cleaning supplies such as bleach, antibacterial cleaner, laundry detergent," he said.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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