MOUNT VERNON — Fears of a third break-in at the Knox County Humane Society have been quelled after a security system was installed today.
The system, donated by Kevin Grube of Vector Security, and monthly maintenance fees donated by a local businessman, are the result of community support that is pouring in after the News reported last week that the facility had been broken into twice.
“There has really been a great response,” said Tina Ballantyne, humane society director. “People here in the county and people from Columbus are helping us out. We’ve gotten food, cleaning supplies, a safe and money.”
In addition, the shelter has adopted out dogs and cats to animal lovers who drove in to offer financial support.
“In just a couple of days we adopted out four dogs and six cats,” Ballantyne said.
The donations have been a blessing.
“It was heartbreaking that someone would do that to us,” she told the News. “But, it’s really given me a renewed faith in people. It’s hard to believe that people would drive from an hour, or an hour and a half, away to support us and our animals.”