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VHS says they're losing money because of a can thief

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The Vanderburgh Humane Society tells 14 News that they are losing money because of a thief. But this person, they said, isn't breaking into the building and taking cash. Instead, they say someone is stealing aluminum cans. 

People who want to help the Vanderburgh Humane Society raise money can bring aluminum cans to the facility and dump them into a bin on the property.

VHS can raise $3,000 each year by having the cans picked up and recycled. 

VHS Executive Director Kendall Paul said that money funds their program and can be used to buy things like vaccinations and medical supplies and help with the spay and neuter clinic.

Paul said they called police on Tuesday about the ongoing problem. At first, it happened when the container was unlocked. Then, when a lock was put on, Paul says the cage itself was broken and more cans were taken.

Paul isn't sure how many cans were stolen or how much money may have been lost.

"It's hard because as a non-profit organization, we are constantly trying to find ways to help people who are struggling, with our low cost services and with our food bank. We are trying to help people who are struggling and we don't want someone to think they can come and take advantage by just taking what others have donated," Paul said.

On September 14 at their Fido Walk, the VHS is going to kick off a new program called Cans for Pets, to encourage people to bring in their aluminum pet food containers, especially cat food cans, to be recycled.

The Humane Society has a lot of animals that need homes, especially cats, so if you're looking for a pet, or have cans to drop off, head out to their location on Millner Industrial Drive not far from Bosse Field.

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