Pain lingers over theft of pets from Werribee school

Police have made a renewed appeal for information about the theft of four pet birds and a rabbit from St Andrews Primary School in Werribee.

It’s believed the two rainbow lorikeets, two eastern galahs and a rabbit were taken from the Greaves Street school on the night of December23 last year, with the open cages discovered by a visiting staff member a few days later.

Principal Michael Gavaghan said the theft had devastated pupils.

“Our school has been renowned for having creatures great and small as pets.

“We give our children the responsibility of looking after and caring for them. For many of our pupils and particularly those with additional needs, having animals is a positive and they enjoy being around them. Not only does it teach them responsibility, but it also improves general well-being.”

Mr Gavaghan said the school would be reviewing its security in light of the incident.

Anyone with information about the theft or who saw suspicious activity around the school on the night of December 23 last year or has been offered rainbow lorikeets or eastern galahs for sale, is asked to phone Werribee police on 9742 9444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.