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Former pet rescue employee accused of keeping donated supplies

A former employee of a Niles animal shelter that was destroyed earlier this month been accused of stealing pet supplies meant for the business.

A representative of Wright-Way Rescue filed a police report Oct. 17, accusing a Chicago woman of accepting donated items for the shelter and keeping them for herself, Niles police said.

According to police, one of the employee’s job responsibilities was to pick up donations from local pet stores and deliver them to the shelter, which had been located at 7136 W. Touhy Ave. until a school bus crashed into the building on Oct. 2, causing significant damage.

The representative told police that not many donations had been coming in for the shelter, which is looking to relocate, and she then learned that a large donation of cat litter from a store in Palatine had never been received.

When the employee was questioned about the missing cat litter, she reportedly stated that she did not think the shelter needed it, police said.

The Wright-Way Rescue representative told police that she believes the former employee may have been taking pet supplies for possibly three years, but did not know how much may have been taken and did not want to press charges against her, according to Niles police. No cash donations were reported stolen.

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