PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Rapid City man was arrested for Intentional Damage to Property over the weekend after police responded to a report that someone had kicked a hole in the door of the building where homeless cats are housed by PAWS Animal Rescue in downtown Pierre. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called about 2:00 a.m. Saturday to the location on South Pierre Street where someone saw a man kick the door, which broke a hole in the glass. Arrested for Intentional Damage-$400 to $1,000; was 21-year-old Michael Scharn.
PAWS Animal Rescue’s President Kathy Hammond says it was lucky that a Good Samaritan reported the incident and stayed at the scene until police arrived. She says the hole in the door was big enough that homeless cats that are held at the shelter until they are adopted-could have gotten out. She also says animals that may have tried to escape could have been cut by the glass. Volunteers were able to patch the door early Saturday morning and held a Woof Beer Float fundraiser as scheduled outside the building Saturday morning. A later meet and greet to find new owners for the dogs and cats needing homes was moved to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area Hammond says the glass door should be repaired sometime this week. PAWS is currently raising money for a new building which will house both dogs and cats and be located on Lowell Avenue, just off Airport Road behind Walmart.
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