Sign snatcher targets local non-profit animal clinic

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A nonprofit animal clinic in Lafayette Square is out hundreds of dollars after someone drove off with part of its property.

Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic showed Fox 2 News its surveillance video capturing a driver pull up in a dark-colored car, pop the trunk, and snatch a $225 sign.

The sign was a heavy-duty sandwich board that displayed warnings to pet owners about the toll extreme summer heat can have on animals. The clinic’s executive director, Wendy Heckman, thought it was an important message and worth the investment after a number of pets were coming into the clinic overheated.

“Any time it's over 70 degrees or so, you need to make sure you're cautious about leaving any animal in the car. They start heating up in 5 or 10 minutes exponentially,” Heckman said.

Now the sign is gone and they want whoever took it to bring it back, otherwise the clinic will be forced to dip into its already tight budget in order to provide low-cost spaying and neutering services to the community.

“We don't have a lot of extra money, we are a non-profit, so anything like that where we spent money and now we will replace something definitely hurts,” Heckman said.