Burglars ransack animal refuge at Manea

Kay Mitchell who runs Tara's Refuge

Kay Mitchell who runs Tara's Refuge - Credit: Archant

BURGLARS have ransacked an animal refuge on the outskirts of March.

The culprits smashed down the front door at Tara’s Refuge in Manea and once inside ripped out desk drawers, smashed an internal door, and threw around furniture.

They then rifled through the fridge and freezer leaving the doors open.

The door of a wood burner has been ripped off and is missing.

Kay Marshall, who runs the refuge, said she only usually pops out for a short period of time once a week but unusually she had gone to Downham Market for the day to help clear the house of a friend who had recently died.

She said: “There’s nothing to steal, it’s an animal sanctuary for goodness sake not a gold bullion store.

“They’ve emptied drawers and when they left the fridge and freezer open the dogs had a field day and ate everything.”

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The animal refuge in Wimblington Road is home to 15 dogs, a dozen cats, ex battery hens, three ponies and a horse.

Cambridgeshire Police confirmed that burglars had forced their way into the refuge and damaged doors at the property while making an untidy search sometime between 9.30 and 5.30 on Monday 3 June.

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