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Large industrial fans were being used Friday to cool off more than 100 orphan dogs and cats at the Animal Welfare League after thieves destroyed the adoption center's main air conditioning units.
After an event Thursday night, organizers noticed the center felt hot and found the AC units damaged on the roof. One unit was completely broken, the other torn apart.
"The wires were cut and the copper piping and coils on the inside were stolen," said AWL manager Diane Spryka.
With the July heat, Spryka is scrambling keep the animals safe.
"We need the ventilation. We need the air circulating to have air exchanged for our animals," she said.

Some animals exposed to high temperatures for long periods of time could suffer from severe health consequences and even death, said Bridget Nolan, a volunteer at the shelter.
One of the AC units can be fixed, but the estimated cost for its repair is $20,000, an unaffordable price for the shelter on a tight budget.
"We need funds," said Spryka, near tears. "It saddens me because for 35 years weve been here to serve the community. Now the funds we receive that could be going directly to the animals will be used elsewhere to stabilize the units."
Karma will come back to them I hope, said Susan Naiden, Founder of Trio Animal Foundation, which is coordinating the fundraising effort to come up with the projected $25,000 cost to replace the stolen and damaged equipment.
A short-term fix late Friday buoyed the spirits of shelter staff. Donors had ponied up three temporary air conditioning units to help cool the shelter.
"Everyone has been warm and gracious," Spyrka communicated to a donor who telephoned the shelter, her voice trembling with emotion. "People really want to help, which is awesome. Its a good thing. It sucks that it has to come this way though... Weve been here 75 years. Ive been here 38 years. I mean were just trying to do the right thing."
The damage to and theft of air conditioning units is not isolated. There's been a rash of damage to and thefts of central air and window units. Police say thieves are going after the copper tubing and selling it for cash.
Donations can be made at their website at AnimalWelfareLeague.com.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...#ixzz1R0ov9nKj
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Sick sick sick freaking sickos. Both my dog and first cat were adopted from there. And it was 92 degrees earlier today, I bet it was just downright horrible in there. The room with the dogs is very large and there definitely would not be enough air circulation in there to keep them very cool, or at least a decently comfortable state.
 

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i haven't been there but assume it's as cramped and stuffy as most shelters. the article says that some people brought temporary a/c's (i would assume the residential window units) which will help a bit with the temperature but not with air circulation, and most of us know that air circulation is very important when animals are in close quarters. hopefully they don't end up with a kennel cough epidemic or something. i hope enough supporters step up and donate. since the story made news etc maybe a local a/c supplier will give them a discount or free labour/installation or something
 

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I heard about his on the radio on the way to work. Very upsetting. If I were in the area, I'd be over there getting a couple of kitties I think.
 

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Some 100 orphaned cats and dogs living in a Chicago animal welfare center are in danger heading into the expected-to-be-hot weekend after vandals either stole or destroyed all of the building's main air conditioning units Thursday evening.

Though the shelter has brought in large industrial fans to keep the animals cool, NBC Chicago reported Friday that temperatures may still be approaching 80 degrees, a dangerous temperature for many animals to be exposed to. The damages total an estimated at $20,000.

Shelter manager Diane Spryka was devastated by the theft, and said that funding was already tight for the center prior to the incident. Though they could move the animals to another of the league's shelters, in Chicago Ridge, that center is already crowded.

"It saddens me because for 35 years weve been here to serve the community," Spryka told NBC Chicago. "Now the funds we receive that could be going directly to the animals will be used elsewhere to stabilize the units."

Police said that air conditioning unit theft or vandalism have been on the rise on the South Side and elsewhere in the city as thieves seek out the copper tubing inside to sell for fast cash, according to ABC 7.

Donations to help the shelter recover from the theft can be made through their website.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_889022.html

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A hot day got hotter for about 120 animals at a South Side Animals Shelter after thieves made off with two of the facility's air conditioning units.

The thieves also took all the copper piping and coils in the two remaining units, and did damage to other equipment on the roof of the Animal League's intake facility at 6224 S. Wabash Ave. The organization says it could cost up to $25,000 to replace the stolen machines.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...welfare-league

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What's with the scrap metal companies? You'd think they'd be on the lookout for stuff like this and report people when they try to sell it.
 

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What's with the scrap metal companies? You'd think they'd be on the lookout for stuff like this and report people when they try to sell it.
My thoughts exactly.
 

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Why do people even do this? I mean how much money can they possibly get for that copper? Nowhere near $20,000. There were some thieves that tore apart an air conditioner inside a house I was looking at months ago. They stole the copper and caused $6,000 in damages. The Realtor said they might get $50 for what they stole. It makes me sick that people are willing to cause so much damage for so little. Even if they could make a lot of money doing it, it would be wrong, but the fact that they get so little for it makes it worse, IMO. I mean, for God sake, steal something worth stealing, you losers. These people are scum.
 

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I mean, for God sake, steal something worth stealing, you losers.
I guess it's easier to steal what people don't believe are worth stealing.
 

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Apparently they are now good on AC units as tons of people turned out to help them. That's all I know so far as I don't think they released an update yet.
 

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