ST. LOUIS — A group of bandits made off with $1,200 worth of dog and cat food from Gateway Pet Guardians Thursday afternoon.

A press release from the animal shelter said three people in two vehicles arrived just after the shelter on Manchester Road received a shipment of pet food. They started loading up more than 30 bags of food into the cars before an employee confronted them.

After being spotted by the employee, they jumped into their cars and sped away. As they were fleeing, they almost hit a woman holding a dog in the parking lot.

The food was going to be distributed to foster families taking care of homeless dogs while the animals wait to find permanent homes.

"It’s obviously disappointing that anyone would steal from a non-profit animal shelter who believes so strongly in helping low-income pet owners,” Program Director Jill Henkem said in the press release.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

If you would like to help Gateway Pet Guardians, you can make a donation on their website.

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