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Theft inspires generosity

One by one, the cars filed into the Crossings of Colonie. And one by one, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan and several volunteers carried off the donated bags of bottles and cans at a Saturday, Jan. 31, fundraiser for the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society.

Executive Director for the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society Brad Shear said community members donated enough cans and bottles at the event to fill a tractor-trailer.

The fundraiser was held to replenish the humane society's stock of recyclables following the Monday, Jan. 26, discovery of a break-in at the Menands facility. A rear shed filled with bottles and cans (about 7,000, Shear said), was emptied some time overnight.

The shed was completely full, and usually when the shed is full we get about $500 for the cans, said Shear.

Typically, the can and bottle reimbursement rate is 5 cents per unit, but since the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society separates all the cans and bottles they collect, Shear said, the organization receives 7 cents per can or bottle.

The money is used to pay for food and supplies for the many animals that are sheltered at the humane society, as well as the vaccinations needed to keep them healthy, Shear said.

Menands police have not yet identified a suspect involved in the robbery and are still working on the case.

The day the break-in was discovered, Mahan announced that the town would be holding a fundraiser at the Crossings to recover some of the cans and bottles that were lost.

The fundraiser, which was held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, allowed residents to bring bottles, cans and pet food donations to the Crossings. According to Shear, many people came with those items, as well as cash donations.

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