Dog Care Clinic is a charity registered in Germany as well as in Sri Lanka, taking in injured, sick and unwanted pets as well as vaccinating and neutering strays. As many other charities, they were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic – and to make matters worse, their clinic has now been robbed.
In the night between Sunday 12 and Monday 13 July, someone broke into the clinic and stole their safe. A Dog Care Clinic statement says, “The window of the office was broken and our safe was stolen. The safe contains important documents and, among other things, the equivalent of more than €6,000, which we kept there for the seniors of our DCC 50+ program.
“The criminal police have started their investigations and we can only hope that the perpetrator is quickly caught. We have to assume that it was a current or former employee, as this person obviously knows the clinic very well. The criminal knew exactly how to get to the safe and was not afraid of the dogs.”
But even if the perpetrator is caught, the clinic fears that the money stolen is lost for good.
One of the Dog Care Clinic employees, Bettina Schlüter, says, “Our dream is it to alleviate the dogs’ suffering in Sri Lanka as the paradise under palm trees is hell on earth for our four-legged friends. They are in desperate need of help.
“German entrepreneur Marina Möbius was shocked to witness the situation of the stray dogs when she first came for a holiday. She quickly decided she had to do something about it. In 2007, she founded Dog Care Clinic in the south of the island and has since then neutered more than 70,000 dogs.
Bettina adds, “We currently employ 45 members of staff. We take in sick, injured, disabled and abandoned pets. We feed stray dogs and dogs of poor owners and always combine animal welfare with the help for people in need. We run a very successful social adoption scheme through which elder citizens receive a monthly pension from us in return of adopting one of our rescues.
“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging for us. We thought we had overcome the worst but now we had to find out it can always get even worse.”
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