The head office of the veterinary charity the PDSA has been burgled, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The charity said that four people broke two external doors at the PDSA’s base in Telford, Shropshire, on Thursday at 11.50pm and stole from the reception area two antique model dog collection boxes containing cash donations.
It said that security doors and internal shutters stopped the intruders getting any further into the building, and a security alarm was triggered.
The intruders escaped before the police arrived, the charity said, but they were captured on CCTV.
A spokeswoman for the charity said the exact value of the damage caused or the amount in the collection boxes was not yet known, but a statement from the charity estimated that thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused.
In its statement, the charity also said that the antique model dog collection boxes were "extremely rare" and only a small number remained in the PDSA’s possession.
David Moorhouse, head of properties at the PDSA, said that everyone at the charity was "shocked that someone could do something like this".
He said: "Not only have we lost the antique model dog collection boxes, which included visitors’ donations, but we’ve got to pay to replace the large glass panels that have been smashed in the two external doors.
"We’ve cleared up the mess but we’re open as usual – we refuse to let these heartless people deter us from our vital role helping poorly pets."