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Meow Co. transportation van broken into, medical and rescue supplies taken

A Meow Co. transportation van was broken into, and supplies were taken. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Saturday night, Daniel Mariano and his colleague were working late and heard a noise from outside the Meow Co. building. They noticed someone had smashed their cat transportation van's window and was getting away with their animal medical and rescue supplies.

"The first thing we decided to do was chase after them," said Mariano, operations director of Meow Co. "We were trying to get a license plate, but unfortunately we didn't."

The burglar stole more than $600 in supplies, and the cat transportation van's window was broken. This has set the group back on their day-to-day operations.

Seven days a week, volunteers with Meow Co. pick up cats from shelters around town that are set to be euthanized and transport them to adoption centers across central and southern California.

"On average, this year we have done almost 80,000 miles in just transport alone," said Mariano.

But without this vehicle, they haven't been able to pick up or drop off cats.

"It does throw a really big wrench in our operations. ... It's been three days with no transport, and with the holidays we probably won't be able to transport until Monday," said Mariano.

They filed a police report, but without a license plate on the vehicle it's not looking like they will be able to recover their losses. The longer they wait to fix the van, the more they worry about the cats left at the shelters.

"If we don't do what we do, if we don't put that extra effort in, an animal will be euthanized," said Mariano.

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