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ARF to receive donated air conditioner following burglary

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The Animal Rescue Fund--or ARF--has had a string of bad luck lately. They've been burglarized twice in the past two months. The first time, electronics and important drugs used to treat the animals were stolen. This time, it was a brand new air conditioner, just installed last week.

"It's more uncomfortable than it should be," says ARF co-director Charles Jackson. "We worry a little bit more about the cats, because they're a little more tender, and they're a little more susceptible to extreme temperatures."

For now, fans keep the felines cool, but soon, they'll be lounging in air conditioning once again, thanks to a generous donation from someone in the community.

"It's very heart-warming when things go bad that the community will come out and support and pick us back up," says ARF co-director, and Charles' wife, Elizabeth Jackson.

But why has ARF been targeted twice? And who would steal from a non-profit?

"Everybody has times in their life when they need things, and some people will go to greater extremes to get what they need from others," says Charles.

"We can pray for these people that steal from us that have nothing better to do with their lives," says Elizabeth. "But the goodness of mankind is still out there, and that's very heart-warming to know that people care enough to help us do what we're doing."

"We're going to keep doing it," says Charles. "We're going to keep doing it."

ARF installed new surveillance cameras after the first burglary. They say these cameras got a god look at the thieves and hope the video leads to an arrest.

Someone also offered to build a cage around ARF's new air conditioner so it won't be stolen again.

We'll keep you updated on the investigation.

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