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Donation jar intended to help pay for an injured dog's surgery stolen

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WASHINGTON, DC - A local rescue group wants answers... and help after they say a man stole a donation jar full of cash... intended to help pay for an injured dog's surgery.

It happened at Capitol Hill's pet supply store - Howl to the Chief - Wednesday morning. Store surveillance video shows the second customer of the day chatting with employees one moment - and apparently stealing from them the next.

The store manager says his back was turned when the man reached over the counter and grabbed a donation box raising money for the store owner's charity Rural Dog Rescue.
"It didn't take five seconds. He pulled the box off. Put in his coat and then continued to shop in the store and bought a $2 bone," store owner Kim Hawkins says.

The money was being raised to help Nico, a sweet dog rescued last month who just needed a nearly $3,000 surgery to fix a broken leg. He still requires up to 10 expensive physical therapy sessions to re-learn to walk on the injured leg and he may require a second surgery too.

The collection box taken had at least $200 inside. Store employees later found it - empty - a few blocks away.

"My heart just dropped. We worked so hard and everyone in the community is so supportive of the rescue and they give whatever they can to help our dogs and it's just another hurdle we have to go through to try and raise more money," Hawkins says.
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