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Upstate Animal Rescue heartbroken after trailer, kennels stolen

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Paul Handford says the trailer looked very similar to this landscaping trailer. Paul Handford says the trailer looked very similar to this landscaping trailer.
One of Upstate Animal Rescue's dogs. (March 12, 2014/FOX Carolina) One of Upstate Animal Rescue's dogs. (March 12, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation, based in Abbeville, is heartbroken after their trailer was stolen along with their kennels.

The trailer belonged to volunteer Paul Handford, who often lent the trailer to the organization to help them haul equipment and kennels needed to put on adoption events.

Handford said he kept the trailer locked and parked at his home on Grove Road in Greenville. Tuesday afternoon Handford said he got a call from his friend that the trailer was gone.

When he called Greenville police, police said a utility worker, who was working on the street at the time of the theft, had seen the whole thing and filed a report.

According to Greenville police, the witness claimed a male and female driving a white Ford Explorer pulled into the driveway. He said they then knocked on the door, but when no one answered, they hooked the trailer up to their SUV and drove away.

Handford said he doesn't have any pictures of the trailer, but described it as an 8 x 10 landscaping trailer with black metal and a tall tailgate.

Jan Watson, who serves on the board of The Upstate Rescue foundation, said they aren't yet sure what they're going to do.

"We have to find some way to quickly buy more kennels and hopefully a trailer, and I don't know when that will be," Watson said.

She said without the kennels and trailer, the organization may have a hard time holding adoption events, and if they can't adopt out the animals they have, they'll have a hard time rescuing new ones.

"It will cost animals their lives that are waiting in the shelters to get out and there's no way she can pull them if she can't have them adopted. We need the tools to do that," she said.

The rescue group says anyone looking to help or interested in making a donation can mail a check to: The Upstate Animal Rescue of SC, PO BOX 195. Townville, SC 29689.

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