‘How are we supposed to keep them safe? We feel violated’: PAWS has dogs stolen

by | Jun 25, 2020 | News | 0 comments

Two dogs, Ricky and Franklyn, were stolen in a break-in at PAWS Darwin that has devastated staff. Ricky had previously been stolen and returned just days ago.

In an emotional interview PAWS Darwin chief executive officer Lisa Hansen, close to tears, recounted the destruction of the shelter on Mix 104.9 on Thursday morning, with fences cut, a shed also cut open and kennels destroyed.
She also shared emotion of the moment they realised the two dogs were missing yesterday morning, with Ricky having been stolen for a second time, only having been back at the shelter for a few days.

“(It’s) emotionally overwhelming at the moment it really helps us know that people care about who we are and what we’re doing,” Ms Hansen said in the Mix interview.

Ms Hansen called for Territorians to give them any information on the whereabouts of Ricky, a large black greyhound, and Franklyn, a large black Great Dane cross.

“Our team is devastated, but now also has to repair all of the damage to our devastated shelter,” she said.

“We work day-in day-out to save the lives of these animals. How are we supposed to keep them safe? We feel violated. And we are very concerned for the welfare of our dogs,” PAWS Darwin said in a statement posted in Facebook.

PAWS’s Jo Reason said in a comment on the post: “Ricky is beautiful – the calmest greyhound I have *ever* assessed and I only assessed him last night”.

Ms Hansen said in the radio interview NT Police were now investigating but she said the shelter has no surveillance cameras.

“We could have had CCTV cameras, working, which is something that has actually been in process,” Ms Hansen said.

PAWS Darwin is also asking Territorians for donations as they raise funds for the repair of the shelter.

“We have a hefty bill to repair the shelter and are asking now for the help of our community. If you can donate to help us repair the extensive damage please donate on the [Facebook] link,” Ms Hansen said in PAWS Darwin’s Facebook page.  

In another post, Ms Hansen has said that they may be able to afford a full set of CCTV cameras with the generous support they are getting from Territorians.

You can donate on the PAWS Darwin Facebook page, or you can call 8947 1272 or visit their shelter at 77 Winnellie Road, Darwin.

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