Thieves steal equipment from charity caring for 'traumatised' animals

A specialised cage which was donated for a severely traumatised rabbit was stolen in Marl Pit Lane.

A specialised cage which was donated for a severely traumatised rabbit was stolen in Marl Pit Lane. - Credit: Submitted

An animal rescue which is hanging on by a thread has slammed criminals who snuck into the founder's building and stole equipment while her back was turned.

The cage was donated to Angelica's Rainbow Sanctuary on March 24 and was worth £105.

Founder Lora Streggles was transporting the item to her home in Marl Pit Lane when a thief stole it from under her nose. 

She explained: "The cage was for our most traumatised animal at the sanctuary, Maple, a bunny rabbit who we found abandoned in February 2021.

"We are not well off here. My flat operates as head office as it's a couple of minutes away from the sanctuary.

Maple was found abandoned in a field and was taken in by the Marl Pit sanctuary

Maple was found abandoned in a field and was taken in by the Marl Pit sanctuary - Credit: Lora Steggles

"So everything we receive is essential to the animals and their welfare.

"It's not a large flat and the cage is about 5ft long, so I had to leave it outside my front door while I was dismantling Maple's old cage.

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"About half an hour later the new cage was gone."

Lora Steggles, founder of Angelica's Rainbow Sanctuary in Norwich, said the cage was "stolen from right under our noses".

Lora Steggles, founder of Angelica's Rainbow Sanctuary in Norwich, said the cage was "stolen from right under our noses". - Credit: Lora Steggles

The 37-year-old says the thief's brazenness to swipe the cage has a wider financial impact.

She said: "Whoever stole the cage may think: "It's just a cage" but there are deeper repercussions.

"I would have gone to replace the cage myself but I can't - even £105 is too much - it's 20pc of our weekly outgoings, so it's a significant amount."

She added: "These people stole from a charity, from a person and an animal in need.

The cage was donated to Angelica's Sanctuary for a rabbit called Maple, who is severely traumatised.

The cage was donated to Angelica's Sanctuary for a rabbit called Maple, who is severely traumatised. - Credit: Lora Steggles

"Our goal is to bring animals and people together in the community, so when someone from the community steals something from under our nose - it hurts.

"It upsets me so much because everyone works so hard - it's my life - it saddens me."

Lora Steggles runs Angelica's Rainbow Sanctuary from her flat in Marl Pit Lane.

Lora Steggles runs Angelica's Rainbow Sanctuary from her flat in Marl Pit Lane. - Credit: Lora Steggles

Lora shared the incident on social media and through the kindness of the rest of the community, enough was donated to provide Maple with a new home.

She added: "We're so fortunate to have this backing and it keeps my faith in humanity - it outweighs the bad act.

"If someone took it for their own animal they shouldn't have to steal - even in our difficult situation we'd never resorted to stealing anything."