Thieves have stolen donations and trashed the offices of the Orihuela-based animal charity, ASOKA, in San Bartolomé off the CV91 Orihuela-Almoradi road. An unspecified amount of money was taken in the early hours of Monday morning but more importantly the fridge door was left open that ruined 600 euros worth of medicine which was going to be used for the cats and dogs that stay at the shelter.

The Guardia Civil is investigating the incident and the thieves are said to have got in by breaking down one of the fences at the facility and then got into the office building through a window, breaking down a number of doors; destroying the alarm system; and smashing and breaking furniture. Fortunately for ASOKA, the intruders seemed to only target stealing cash, as none of the computers or surgical equipment was touched.