Feb 6 2013 By Jackie Grant
Callous thieves killed 40 birds during a break-in at a pet supply shop in Dumfries.
They poisoned the caged finches by putting shampoo in their feeder trays.
Devastated Alana Patterson, owner of D&G Pet Supplies in Heathhall Industrial Estate, said: I cant believe anybody could be as cruel.
The store premises were also wrecked in the break-in which happened in the early hours of Friday morning.
Shop worker David Hogg discovered a scene of wanton destruction when he arrived to open up at 8.15am.
He told the Standard: I came in and noticed straight away that wed been broken into.
There were animals bouncing about everywhere, birds flying around the place, sawdust scattered across the room and the shelves were empty.
Police are now investigating the raid in which nearly s2,000 worth of dog food and cash from the till was stolen.
Miss Patterson, who runs a dance school at the back of the premises, was sickened to find that money saved by her young pupils for a trip to Disneyland in Paris had also been taken.
She said: When I arrived, there were eggs smashed all over the walls and the till, bales of sawdust had been burst open and scattered everywhere.
Money from a Barnardos charity box had been stolen, dancing costumes in the studio at the back were tipped over and the girls money for Disneyland was gone.
She added: Ive invested a lot of time, effort and money in getting this business off the ground since it opened nine months ago.
I had to close all weekend so we could tidy up but the place still isnt 100 per cent clean and well probably be finding sawdust for months.
She was further shocked when she realised the bird feeders had been filled with shampoo.
Miss Patterson added: Forty finches died on Monday morning. We also cant sell any of our rabbits and guinea pigs because theyd been let out their cages and the males and females were all together. The females could now be pregnant.
We sell dog food at s54.99 a bag and had only bought new stock last week. It was all taken. Theyd have needed to use a van to move it.
Weve got CCTV at the back and front of the building and its now in the hands of police. Im hoping whoever is responsible for this is caught as quickly as possible.