Darcy Wintonyk and Lynda Steele
A local business has come to the rescue of a Mission animal shelter that paid thousands of dollars for security cameras that were never installed.
Carol Hine of SAINTS -- Senior Animals In Need Today Society – used $3,000 of donations in December to pay a Coquitlam security company to install cameras in its barns so she could keep an eye on the older horses.
SAINTS houses almost a hundred old, disabled and unwanted animals, including horses, cows, dogs and cats -- many who would otherwise be euthanized.
Admiral Security took her money but never delivered the goods, and only refunded the cash after Steele on Your Side got involved.
Our story caught the eye of another local security company from New Westminster who offered to make things right, by installing a new security system – at no charge.
Tony de Montigny of Accurate Security said he was spurred into action to install a new system for SAINTS because of his own fondness for rescue animals.
"We have a rescue dog ourselves so we know what it's like for animals not to have a home," he told CTV's Steele on Your Side. "To have 400 of them running around on one piece of property, we knew we had to do something for [Hine]."
De Montigny said his company didn't act alone: Andrew Shih of Eyesonic CCTV donated $5,000 worth of equipment, while Tri-Ed Distribution Canada and Optex America chipped in with cable, wire and alert systems.
The total value of Hine's new installation was $15,550.
Hine said she's thrilled to finally have security cameras to monitor the aging animals overnight, after a six-month struggle.
"You see sort of the bad side of things and think ‘I don't even want cameras anymore and this is not worth it,' and all of a sudden Tony comes and, you know, everything is going to be wonderful and you don't have to worry about anything," she said.
De Montigny said taking away the cost of the security system will allow the charity to focus on what's most important.
"The last time I talked to Carol she had a $17,000 vet bill pending. The money that was returned to her can now go to that bill and she doesn't have to worry about her cameras or her property and her security," he said.
Hine said it's such a relief to be able to just get up in the middle of the night and check the cameras to make sure the animals are safe at night.
She's also discovered that Ziggy the donkey likes to get up and turn the lights on and off in the barn all night long.
"The whole thing has just been an incredibly positive experience," said Hine.
Watch CTV News for the full report, and an insider look at the work being done at SAINTS...