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Robbery at Asheville Humane Society’s Community Center

There has been a robbery at the Asheville Humane Society.

On Saturday, March 13 at 11:10 PM, two unidentified individuals stole $2,000 worth of fencing supplies from an outdoor enclosure at Asheville Humane Society’s Community Center (located at 1425 Patton Avenue in West Asheville).

The thieves broke into the storage space and were able to load 8-10 fence panels into a trailer that was attached to their mid-sized SUV (based on security footage, the car appears to be a Ford Explorer). These panels would have been used to build dog fences as part of Asheville Humane Society’s Community Solutions Program. This program was established to provide resources and services to underserved communities so that pets can stay in their homes where they are loved. Pets often get surrendered to the shelter for reasons that are preventable. Building fences is just one of the services this program provides to pet owners who need assistance in finding the best ways to care for their beloved pets.

“We are saddened by the events that took place this weekend,” said Jody Evans, Executive Director of Asheville Humane Society. “It appears that this was a pre-meditated robbery of supplies that would have been used to build fences for pets in need of a safe place to run and play. A generous AHS volunteer has offered a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest, and we are asking for your help to resolve this so we can continue to support pets and their people in our community.”

If you have any information regarding the robbery at Asheville Humane Society, please text TIP2APD.

If you would like to support Asheville Humane Society’s Community Solutions Program, click here.

About Asheville Humane Society

For over 30 years Asheville Humane Society has been saving homeless Buncombe County animals. Today we operate both our own state-of-the-art Adoption and Education Center and the County's only open door shelter where no local animal is ever turned away. We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused, injured and lost animals. We provide education, training and support to keep pets in their homes. Asheville Humane Society has earned the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator, a designation achieved by only 25% of all charities nationwide. Our nationally recognized innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Buncombe County toward a no-kill community.