The Parksville-Qualicum Beach & District branch of the BC SPCA was left without electricity, water, or phone connections overnight after vandals broke in and trashed the property.
Staff and volunteers spent much of Friday cleaning up the mess at the facility after RCMP alerted them about the break-in.
According to a Global News report, the vandals tore the hydro metre off the building, smashed glass, trashed the interior, rummaged through medicine cabinets, and stole a laptop full of work files.
Fortunately, the animals inside the facility were “very scared but unhurt”, according to a Facebook post from Parksville SPCA.
The post was updated later on Friday to let people know that the facility would be back up and running by Saturday.
“We understand there may have been a lot of emails and calls today that we couldn’t get to due to having no power, we will endeavour to catch up as soon as possible tomorrow once we finish up a few things in the morning and get some much needed vet appointments dealt with that sadly had to be cancelled today,” reads the post.
A further comment from branch manager Nadine Durante expresses her gratitude for the overwhelming amount of support shown to the SPCA by community members online as well as in person.
“…we are grateful the animals are alright, tucked in for the night …and we are thankful to the kind hearted folks of Oceanside,” said Durante.