Wilco employees step in to help animal shelter after burglary


After a recent burglary resulted in the loss of supplies for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, employees of the county clerk's office turned their annual Christmas luncheon into an opportunity to help the shelter.

During the luncheon, employees brought in donations including an estimated 18 pounds of cat food, 56 pounds of dog food, two beds, two crates, a dog chew bone and various dog toys, according to a release from the county.

 “This is an estimate on the food, as we are still collecting it. We will take it all over to the Regional Animal Shelter this week,” said County Clerk Nancy Rister.

The theft, which occurred at a Georgetown PetSmart store on the night of Dec. 7, forced the regional animal shelter to cancel the adoption event scheduled at the store that weekend. 

Misty Valenta, community outreach coordinator for the shelter, said since the facility is a no-kill shelter, off-site adoption events are necessary to help place more than 4,000 animals that come through the facility. The shelter stores its adoption event supplies at the stores where the events are held. 

Police were still looking for information earlier this week to help identify those responsible for the thefts and recover the supplies lost, which include six large kennels in addition to the various food and other supplies stolen.