A donation box intended for the St. Frances Animal Center was stolen days before Christmas

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) — A donation box meant to help feed and care for animals at a Georgetown animal shelter was stolen days before Christmas.

The Georgetown Police Department said a St. Frances Animal Center donation box was stolen from Tupacz Liquors on Church Street. The department also released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in the case.

Georgetown police are looking for the man who is wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of a St. Frances Animal Center donation box.(Source: Georgetown Police Department)

There are more than 60 donation boxes placed throughout Georgetown County year-round and can raise up to $18,000 annually for the animal shelter.

But even the theft of a box impacts the center’s ability to care for its more than 200 animals.

“They’ve been through enough. The little help and sometimes the astronomical help they get is what they need, so to see someone getting away with it is quite disheartening,” said Shallon McConnell, shelter manager at St. Frances.

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Donation boxes are emptied monthly and some can hold up to $100. That $100 can help feed many of their animals for days. The money is also used for medical needs and to keep the center open.

“The more of these boxes we raise, the more we can provide, we can provide this special care, we can give this animal this special surgery, going beyond these boxes and someone took this from us,” said said St. Frances general manager Suzanne Roman.

Roman added that since people learned of the theft of the donation box, the community has stepped up to donate what the shelter has lost.

Anyone wishing to help the shelter can donate online.

Georgetown Police are also asking people to contact them if they can identify the man wanted for questioning. You are encouraged to call 843-545-4300.

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Benjamin M. Yerger