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Dogs 'distressed' by break-ins at Uddingston centre

Dogs Trust Uddingston Centre
Image caption The centre has been closed to the public while investigations are carried out

Dogs at a rescue centre have been left "distressed and terrified" after three break-ins over Christmas.

On police advice, staff have closed the Dogs Trust rehoming centre at Uddingston, Lanarkshire, while investigations are carried out.

The attacks on the centre targeted the office area and items including computers have been stolen.

The police have said they believe the incidents are linked, and have appealed for information.

Sandra Lawton, the centre manager, said: "My team and I are heart-broken. Some of our dogs nearest to the areas of the break-ins are now showing signs of distress and were clearly terrified by the intruders.

"In time and with help we will be able to clear up the centre but our priority is ensuring our dogs feel settled and calm again.

"We try and make sure the dogs have the best possible Christmas whilst they are with us - but this year some truly evil people have made this impossible."

Insp John Gormlie of Strathclyde Police said: "We are continuing extensive inquiries into the three incidents of housebreaking at the Dog's Trust in Uddingston, and as part of this we are working very closely with the management of the centre to provide security and crime prevention advice.

"We believe that all three incidents are linked and I would urge anyone who has information on those responsible for these despicable crimes against the charity to get in touch with police."

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