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Humane society seeks community’s help to identify man accused of breaking into shelter


The Central Missouri Humane Society needs the public's help to identify a man accused of breaking into the shelter on Wednesday night.
This video provided by the Central Missouri Humane Society shows a man breaking into the building on Nov. 9.

According to a press release, the man got inside the kennel area after cutting through two chainlink fences at the shelter off Big Bear Boulevard in Columbia. Staff said security cameras captured footage of the man using a flashlight to possibly look for a specific dog.

"This was a very scary situation, and we are just grateful that no one was harmed," CMHS Executive Director Julie Alber said. "The safety of our animals and staff remains a priority."

The man never entered parts of the shelter with motion detectors that would trigger the building's alarm system. Staff said the man didn't take any property or animals.

"We aren't sure what the motive was," CMHS Associate Director Michelle Casey said. “Whoever did do this took some time to sit there and cut a hole, a significant sized hole for a grown man to fit through.”

According to CMHS, the break-in happened during shelter appreciation week.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Columbia Police Department.

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