Sheena's ready to let the dogs loose
By CRAIG McTEAR
SHEENA Paden-Smith is so incensed with the vandals who keep targeting her business, she's putting up money to rein them in. She's offering a $1000 reward for information leading to their conviction. Sheena has had constant trouble since moving her All Breeds Dog Clipping and Grooming Salon from Coffs Harbour to Wallis Avenue in Toormina's industrial estate 18 months ago. In that time she's had $1500 worth of signs either stolen, destroyed or damaged in different locations throughout Toormina. She's lost count of the number of times they've been replaced, only to be targeted several hours later. "Vandalism is costly and more so for a small business trying to provide a service to its mainly elderly customer base," she said. "The money has to come from somewhere to replace and repair these signs." The latest incident was last Friday night, when hoodlums repeatedly kicked and buckled a metal A-frame sign chained up at the corner of Wallis Avenue and Hulberts Road. "It was no mean feat when you consider it was metal and probably had more than 80 rivets," Sheena said. "The sign was mended and re-screwed, with several metal braces welded behind it, but the next night, someone took the trouble to wrestle it over to one side and kick it." On another occasion, intruders scaled a step ladder to deface a sign on the brick wall at the front of her business, and her car has been broken into near her premises. Sheena has boosted security at her shop, but she's also making a stand against the louts who have made her life hell. "We live in a civilised society, and no-one should be held to ransom by these people," Sheena said. "We've had enough. All it takes for evil to succeed in the world is for good people to stand by and do nothing." If you have information which can help catch the culprits, you should contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.