Vandals target Stevens County nonprofit

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 6:01 PM

SPRINGDALE, Wash. --- The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of vandalism in Springdale that may include animal cruelty.

The owners of the nonprofit Shepherd’s Way Animal Rescue say someone stole thousands of dollars in equipment Thursday night. The suspect also attacked a horse, two-year-old Pilgrim. 

“You can see whip marks from something,” said owner Carrie Aenk.

Aenk says the suspects also damaged the equipment they left behind, including cracking helmets.

“They threw a Porta Potty in here with urine in it. They urinated in it,” said Aenk.

Aenk says the nonprofit needs the gear for their upcoming summer program. Instructors teach children with fatal illnesses how to ride horses. Now they worry they may have to delay the program’s scheduled May First start date.  It could take years to replace some of the equipment.

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation is ongoing. Detectives did find some saddles in the woods that may belong to the rescue.

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