Eugene nonprofit falls victim to mail theft

The Oregon Horse Rescue offices are located in west Eugene off of Pacific Avenue.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 3:23 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 6:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A nonprofit in Eugene is fearing the worst after their mailbox was pried open over the weekend.

The Oregon Horse Rescue offices are located in west Eugene off of Pacific Avenue. Pictures show that their locked mailbox, along with other mailboxes from nearby businesses, was pried open, and the contents were taken.

Programs director Lea Brayton said it's especially challenging because they receive mailed donations for their rescue work at that address.

"The timing is especially bad because we just completed a big year-end fundraising campaign and have still been getting lots of mailed responses," Brayton said.

Co-founder David Kelly said they were still receiving donations up until last Thursday, and he's not sure if someone else was able to get their hands any other checks.

"We really hold sacred the privacy of donors interaction with Oregon Horse Rescue," Kelly said. "Their name, their address and any other information."

Oregon Horse Rescue is reaching out to all of their donors to let them know about the theft. In an email sent to donors, they said nothing is more important to them than ensuring that all sensitive information and donor funds are accounted for. They are urging donors to reach out to them to see that their checks haven't been cashed, but Kelly is worried about any new donors.

"Or people who were writing to us about horses that needed surrendering to the rescue or a horse they wanted to adopt."

Kelly said despite the theft, they'll keep their doors open. He's encouraging anyone who donates to do it online if they can.

The damaged mailboxes have since been replaced.

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