Second Chance Animal Rescue in St Mary Cray 'destroyed' after vandals break in twice in two days

News Shopper: John Ranger John Ranger

Two geese are still missing after an animal rescue centre near St Mary Cray was broken into twice in two days.

Staff at Second Chance Animal Rescue in Crockenhill Road have vowed to camp overnight at the site after it was hit on Saturday night (May 17) and again the next day.

Enclosures were pulled down, offices wrecked, a dog set free, and two horses released, according to volunteer Chris Doorbar.

The 66-year-old described the wave of violence as “a pattern of mindless vandalism” and said many of the animals were in serious danger having been let out alone.

She added: “This year has seen lots of activity by volunteers, improving and replacing old structures and providing better living conditions for the animals. They have worked so hard and now it has all been destroyed.”

Owner John Ranger, 37, set up the centre in 2011 and now takes charge of over 300 animals including horses, ponies, chickens, ducks, and cats.

He said: “When I arrived early on Saturday morning, I just couldn’t believe my eyes. We rushed round counting and checking the animals and could see how much mindless damage had been done which threatened the safety and well-being of our animals.

“When the same happened the following night we became distraught. How can people endanger such beatiful, harmless animals? All our wonderful volunteers are so upset.”

A Bromley police spokesman reported: “Police in Bromley are investigating a burglary at the Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre in Crockenhill Road, which occurred overnight between Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May.

“A husky-cross-German Shepherd dog and two geese were stolen. The dog was subsequently found safe and well at around 3pm on the same day.”

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8:15pm Mon 19 May 14

Local lady says...

Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk. Local lady
  • Score: 11

5:53pm Wed 21 May 14

davyhill says...

There is no electricity here, so a lot of vulnerable animals, kittens, wounded etc are with fostering volunteers, now, working all day unpaid is one thing, staying and living wihout electricity is another matter. It's like a farm, they have stabbing, food and shelter, rescued, alive vet care, and fed. Look us up, see what we do unpaid, then judge
There is no electricity here, so a lot of vulnerable animals, kittens, wounded etc are with fostering volunteers, now, working all day unpaid is one thing, staying and living wihout electricity is another matter. It's like a farm, they have stabbing, food and shelter, rescued, alive vet care, and fed. Look us up, see what we do unpaid, then judge davyhill
  • Score: 36

6:01pm Wed 21 May 14

davyhill says...

Stabling, not stabbing, mostly like a petting farm, hutches, stables, pens, all with constant supply of food and water, a lot of animals that need electricity as stated, stay with us volunteers, now as stated, we rescue only, not a sanctuary, we remove as soon as animal is deemed fit again, if not, it stays with a fosterer who provides a loving home for ever, please do not make comments against any charity or cause until you really know both sides. We even give up Xmas to make sure they ok, again, not a single one of us take payment
Stabling, not stabbing, mostly like a petting farm, hutches, stables, pens, all with constant supply of food and water, a lot of animals that need electricity as stated, stay with us volunteers, now as stated, we rescue only, not a sanctuary, we remove as soon as animal is deemed fit again, if not, it stays with a fosterer who provides a loving home for ever, please do not make comments against any charity or cause until you really know both sides. We even give up Xmas to make sure they ok, again, not a single one of us take payment davyhill
  • Score: 25

7:50pm Wed 21 May 14

John ranger says...

Local lady in a perfect world we would live with the animals 24--7
But in a perfect world we would not have animals being treated so bad
In the last 3 years S.C.A.R has rescued and re-homed over 3000 animal that's 3000 animals that wouldn't be in loving homes now if we waited for permission to live on site
You are more than welcome to visit us to see how you can help us help many more animals (maybe you would do a night time shift )
Thank you so much to all our volunteers for your continued help and support
John
Local lady in a perfect world we would live with the animals 24--7 But in a perfect world we would not have animals being treated so bad In the last 3 years S.C.A.R has rescued and re-homed over 3000 animal that's 3000 animals that wouldn't be in loving homes now if we waited for permission to live on site You are more than welcome to visit us to see how you can help us help many more animals (maybe you would do a night time shift ) Thank you so much to all our volunteers for your continued help and support John John ranger
  • Score: 31

9:45pm Wed 21 May 14

cherished says...

Hi hope it can all be repaired, any chance of CCTV?
Hi hope it can all be repaired, any chance of CCTV? cherished
  • Score: 5

5:51am Thu 22 May 14

lesleyflegg@btinternet.com says...

CCTV is costly and there is no electric tbe guys are there from dusk to dawn in all weathers clearing the access after the storms etc none are paid the money they receive from donations goes on vet bills and animal food to be honest workers quarters would notbe suitable or safe as no electric there it is a farm do farmers patrol their flocks at night in the dark? Or horse owners to keep them safe? Rather than critising please visit their page and see what they do. Ring and visit? Everyone has the right to safety and security without others breaking in and vandalising someone else's property the fact that this is an animal charity makes it far worse. I would think compassion and donation to the charity to help them would be better than insults
CCTV is costly and there is no electric tbe guys are there from dusk to dawn in all weathers clearing the access after the storms etc none are paid the money they receive from donations goes on vet bills and animal food to be honest workers quarters would notbe suitable or safe as no electric there it is a farm do farmers patrol their flocks at night in the dark? Or horse owners to keep them safe? Rather than critising please visit their page and see what they do. Ring and visit? Everyone has the right to safety and security without others breaking in and vandalising someone else's property the fact that this is an animal charity makes it far worse. I would think compassion and donation to the charity to help them would be better than insults lesleyflegg@btinternet.com
  • Score: 13

7:14am Thu 22 May 14

cherished says...

Clearly this is very emotive, even the comment above from Lesley Flegg sounds like I'm being accused of being abusive, when it was merely a question, also I have donated money before to the rescue! If someone can break in at night in the dark, when I cannot even find it in daylight, means they know of it and were after something they could sell...
Clearly this is very emotive, even the comment above from Lesley Flegg sounds like I'm being accused of being abusive, when it was merely a question, also I have donated money before to the rescue! If someone can break in at night in the dark, when I cannot even find it in daylight, means they know of it and were after something they could sell... cherished
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Thu 22 May 14

Crayman says...

This is so horrible. I would gladly give up my time to help the people who run this place get things right again.
This is so horrible. I would gladly give up my time to help the people who run this place get things right again. Crayman
  • Score: 14

2:02pm Thu 22 May 14

Marty1979 says...

Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
[quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight? Marty1979
  • Score: 17

3:25pm Thu 22 May 14

ms day says...

travellers i beleive
travellers i beleive ms day
  • Score: 17

12:48pm Fri 23 May 14

reasonable75 says...

ms day wrote:
travellers i beleive
Probably
[quote][p][bold]ms day[/bold] wrote: travellers i beleive[/p][/quote]Probably reasonable75
  • Score: 10

6:18pm Fri 23 May 14

Local lady says...

Marty1979 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why?
My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why? My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion. Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7. Local lady
  • Score: 8

6:18pm Fri 23 May 14

Local lady says...

Marty1979 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why?
My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why? My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion. Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7. Local lady
  • Score: 19

10:02am Sat 24 May 14

reasonable75 says...

Local lady wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why?
My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.
Just think about it - small charity manned by volunteers, relying on donations

And you expect them to have a PR DEPARTMENT????
[quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why? My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion. Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.[/p][/quote]Just think about it - small charity manned by volunteers, relying on donations And you expect them to have a PR DEPARTMENT???? reasonable75
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Sat 24 May 14

Local lady says...

reasonable75 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why?
My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.
Just think about it - small charity manned by volunteers, relying on donations

And you expect them to have a PR DEPARTMENT????
Every charity has a pr department. It may be just the one person or there may be a few. Usually these people donate their skills in the same way someone experienced in accounts or building work would do. Not everyone works with the animals. They donate their expertise learned from their day job. I can see from the website that there is contact info for 'publicity' hence my previous comment. PR is a valuable skill in ths day and age - perhaps this charity's PR/Publicity man/team could take control of those commenting on behalf of the charity and have some form of agreement in place for less abbrassive attitudes as it may affect donations. It would be lovely to see positive news about the charty once in a while, rather than sad news. A PR/Publicity person will have their contact book full of people in the media who will help. If they haven't then time to approach media companies who may just donate some man hours to the charity. This is not a critism as some posters seem to think but a helpful suggestion.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why? My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion. Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.[/p][/quote]Just think about it - small charity manned by volunteers, relying on donations And you expect them to have a PR DEPARTMENT????[/p][/quote]Every charity has a pr department. It may be just the one person or there may be a few. Usually these people donate their skills in the same way someone experienced in accounts or building work would do. Not everyone works with the animals. They donate their expertise learned from their day job. I can see from the website that there is contact info for 'publicity' hence my previous comment. PR is a valuable skill in ths day and age - perhaps this charity's PR/Publicity man/team could take control of those commenting on behalf of the charity and have some form of agreement in place for less abbrassive attitudes as it may affect donations. It would be lovely to see positive news about the charty once in a while, rather than sad news. A PR/Publicity person will have their contact book full of people in the media who will help. If they haven't then time to approach media companies who may just donate some man hours to the charity. This is not a critism as some posters seem to think but a helpful suggestion. Local lady
  • Score: 7

9:13pm Sat 24 May 14

reasonable75 says...

Local lady wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why?
My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7."

So you are saying sheep need to be indoors, same for geese?

Have you ever seen a farm - animals remain outdoors!
[quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why? My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion. Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.[/p][/quote]Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7." So you are saying sheep need to be indoors, same for geese? Have you ever seen a farm - animals remain outdoors! reasonable75
  • Score: 6

2:08am Sun 25 May 14

Local lady says...

reasonable75 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Marty1979 wrote:
Local lady wrote:
Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?
I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why?
My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.
Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7."

So you are saying sheep need to be indoors, same for geese?

Have you ever seen a farm - animals remain outdoors!
Why make up such silly comments 'Reasonable75'?

Is there no one working for this organisation that doesn't attack those who give advice and genuinely care for animal security?
Perhaps if you all sat down and thought about what is best for these animals instead of acting independently, running around like headless chickens, posting ill thought out aggressive posts, you may just receive more sympathy - and more donations. I've aready said I know your rescue- hey I've dropped money in your collection buckets at events. Think on 'helpers/volunteers' when you go on the attack. People will think you have something to hide.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local lady[/bold] wrote: Why are animals continually being left alone overnight at this estabishment? 'Rescue' means keeping them safe until they are rehomed, not left at risk.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps staying there overnight?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with the person who posted that posts here are met with animosity. Why? My observations were honest and enquiring but met with hostility. I have visited in the past and I have donated. Your PR team might start to consider what it's 'volunteers' puts out into the public domain as it could affect future donations - and that is just a helpful suggestion. Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7.[/p][/quote]Thank you to the person who invited me to stay the night but, just like animals, humans should not be left out in the rain and cold but should have heat, light, electricity etc in their shelters as well as surveillance, be it electronic or human, 24/7." So you are saying sheep need to be indoors, same for geese? Have you ever seen a farm - animals remain outdoors![/p][/quote]Why make up such silly comments 'Reasonable75'? Is there no one working for this organisation that doesn't attack those who give advice and genuinely care for animal security? Perhaps if you all sat down and thought about what is best for these animals instead of acting independently, running around like headless chickens, posting ill thought out aggressive posts, you may just receive more sympathy - and more donations. I've aready said I know your rescue- hey I've dropped money in your collection buckets at events. Think on 'helpers/volunteers' when you go on the attack. People will think you have something to hide. Local lady
  • Score: 8

8:05pm Sun 25 May 14

John ranger says...

Not everyone that comments on the news shopper page works at SCAR
Not everyone that comments on the news shopper page works at SCAR John ranger
  • Score: 0

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