Good Shepherd upgrades security cameras at Berryville thrift store

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

By Samantha Jones

If you're planning to illegally dump items at Good Shepherd Humane Society's Berryville thrift store, be sure to smile for the cameras.

Thrift store manager Janet Chupp reported on Wednesday, June 26, that the store has completely upgraded its security camera system. Within a week of the upgrade, Chupp said, six people were arrested two for illegal dumping and four for theft. Because these people were caught, Chupp said, Good Shepherd didn't have to pay to get rid of items dumped at the store.

"We have four mattresses that would have cost us $200," Chupp said.

Good Shepherd board president Jay Fusaro said he's happy to hear the upgrade has been so successful.

"It's just a deterrent," Fusaro said. "Saving the money is great, but it's a deterrent. Hopefully the word will get out that it's not a good thing to do."

Chupp continued to give her report, saying the next volunteer meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the Eureka Springs thrift store. There will be a lawn sale at the Eureka Springs store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Chupp said, featuring purses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories.

"We'll have our $5 lunch again," Chupp said.

Shelter manager Sandra Mittler presented the shelter report for May, saying the shelter adopted six cats and six dogs, took in 13 cats and seven dogs, had one dog returned to the shelter and returned five animals to their owners.

"That means animals were brought to our shelter as strays, and we were able to reunite them with their owners," Mittler said. "It was a happy month."

The shelter held a successful yard sale, Mittler said, and raised $812 with only $12 spent on promotion.

"It really, really maxed out what we hoped to make," Mittler said.

Mittler gave an update on the new kennel project, saying Good Shepherd has raised enough money to put in showcase kennels so the public can see what the new kennels look like. Fusaro said it costs about $10,000 to put in the kennels.

"The demolition is going to be done mostly by volunteers, and we're going to have it installed," Fusaro said. "Hopefully, we'll get them within the next 60 days."

The old kennels, Mittler said, are the original kennels from the 1970s.

"They are overdue for being upgraded," Mittler said. "We want them to be safe for the animals and the people."

Fusaro said he hopes the public donates to the kennel project. There's still a lot of work to do on that, he said.

"It's self-funded," Fusaro said. "We're going to raise separate funds for that. We're not using operating costs to fund it."

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the meet and greet room at the shelter.

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