TINLEY PARK, Ill. — PAWS animal shelter in southwest suburban Tinley Park thanked donors for stepping up to help replace a catalytic converter stolen from one of its vans.
While leaving to take animals to a veterinary, a PAWS driver discovered the theft Monday morning when the truck made a loud noise.
Upon inspection, the driver realized the catalytic converter had been cut out and removed.
“It’s sad that even a charity is the target of a crime in today’s world,” the animal rescue organization said on social media.
Thieves often use the metal inside the devices for re-sale due to the part’s value.
PAWS faced a repair bill of nearly $6,000, which donors successfully raised.