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Woman Caught on Camera Stealing Dog Food from Shelter

Surveillance camera footage captured a woman stealing hundreds of pounds of donated dog food from an Oregon shelter over the course of several months.

On Monday, the Oregon Dog Rescue in Tualatin turned to Facebook to share surveillance video footage of a then-unknown woman entering shelter property after hours and stealing several packages of donated dog food.

The shelter posted the following message, asking for help in identifying the woman and hoping to put an end to the thefts that had continued over several months at the shelter.

“At Oregon Dog Rescue we love our community and try to help as many people and dogs as we can.

Over the past few months we have had the same individual on our security cameras stealing dog food from inside of our front gate multiple times.

We are a small non profit that feeds close to 2,000 dogs per year in addition to sending food to our rescue partners in California.

These food bins are donations from the dog loving public meant to be for rescue dogs! These bins are left inside of our gate so that the public may drop off food anytime.

If you know this woman please tell her to stop stealing from the dogs! We are happy to provide food for those in dire need but stealing full garbage cans full of food is not acceptable!”

Despite signs informing visitors that they were being recorded on camera and reminders that the food was donated for the almost 2,000 dogs Oregon Dog Rescue feeds each year, the thefts continued for several months.

After posting the video, the shelter received several leads and, with the help of Tualatin Police were able to identify the dog food thief. Police are now investigating. It is unknown whether she will face charges at this time.

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  1. Melissa

    Oct 1, 2018 at 7:12 am

    This is Melissa Wilson the one being accused of stealing the dog food.i didn’t steal the dog food a couple years ago I was speaking to a lady who worked at the shelter about a pitbull I had taken in and I was asking her if she knew a place though that would be good 4 buster my dog because I knew I couldn’t afford to have him but it was a rescue situation cuz when I got him he had sores all over his body and he was skinny like emaciated and I took him in so I can get him back to health and rehome him and I explained this to the lady at the shelter and I knew I couldn’t afford to have another dog because I live on the third story of an apartment complex and I have three children and a chihuahua and randomly friends will have me babysitting their animals recently saved a fish from being eaten by other fish and so now I have a fish as well but when I first got Buster a couple years ago my people and I spoke to her and was just trying to get some advice because I knew I couldn’t afford it and I really wasn’t in a predicament to keep buster the lady said well if if I ever needed any dog food that there was dog food that was donated in the trash outside the shelter and I could go ahead and have some I didn’t realize when she told me that that the offer would end after a certain amount of time went bu cuz she put it on time cap on and she just said if I ever needed any any dog food or anything there was always there and I was welcome to have some I saw the camera right there when I took the dog food I wasn’t trying to hide my face and I wasn’t trying to be sneaky about it
    I was just getting the food so I can feed my animals cuz my financial situation is not what it should be and I also had a friend who needed some dog food as well because they just got a dog so since she said that it was okay and it was for people for dogs I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong and now I’m being charged with theft 2 for getting some dog food for my dog because I couldn’t afford to feed him and just doesn’t seem real right that I’m being charged with a theft 2 or something that I was told I could have if I needed it all they did was take dog food for when it was the purpose it was donated for I’m going to court on Tuesday for this I will give you an update of what’s Happening it amazes me that a dog shelter would want to press charges on someone who was just havin having financial problems and was trying to feed her dog guess he taught me a lesson and this whole thing is crazy

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