Damage, theft at Jasper animal shelter


JASPER - A thief got away with $150 in cash from the Jasper animal shelter.

The City of Jasper Animal Care & Control reported on Facebook Friday afternoon that someone shattered the shelter's glass front door on Thursday night, after attempting to enter the shelter from an outside vent. Evidence at the scene showed the thief searched through filing cabinets and other areas and ultimately stole $150 in cash.

Greater Birmingham Humane Society operates the shelter and CEO Allison Black Cornelius said during a Facebook video that the shelter was closed during the break-in, and the shelter's destroyed door was being replaced on Friday.

She further stated that cash will no longer be accepted at the shelter. 

"Luckily there were no animals stolen or harmed and there was no staff harmed," Cornelius said.

The shelter will be installing a security and alarm system as a result of the break-in, which Cornelius said the City of Jasper and Mayor David O'Mary have offered to fund.

"To the perpetrators, we offer up to $10,000 in reward money if you turn in animal abuse, a puppy mill — anything like that," Cornelius said. "That may be a more lucrative way to address the needs you have in your life versus smashing in the animal shelter door."

It was unknown at press time if the Jasper Police Department is investigating the incident.