A group of armed men robbed the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha yesterday.
The robbery occurred when a staff member opened the pedestrian gate to hand a big dog back to his owner after receiving treatment. This is when the suspects pushed through the gate.
Three laptops were stolen along with three staff cellphones. The takings box, containing all funds collected in the day from food sales and consultation fees, was also taken.
Flatscreens were also stolen.
Marcelle du Plessis, fundraising and communications manager, said: “We are all shaken. We are already working under so much pressure. To reduce the risk of infection we have our staff split into two teams, working on a rotation system. This means a half team working with just as many animals as before lockdown. We are already all enormously stressed.”
The organisation will undergo a process of upgrading the security at their facility.
General Manager, Susan Wishart, said: “We would like to reconfigure our cameras and get a security guard at our gate. We would also like to alter our gate to include a smaller “dog gate”. Pets can then be placed through this gate so that we do not need to open our pedestrian gate. However, the reality is that we will have to open our gates at some point during the day to let our staff vehicles and our ambulance in and out.”
If you are able to help the organisation with the added expenses of upgrading their security system and replacing goods, you can donate to Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Account number: 075595710, Branch: Rondebosch, Branch Code: 025009, Savings account, Reference: Robbery and your name. You can also sign up as a monthly donor on www.mdzanandasecure.co.za or visit their website.