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An animal shelter near Lockerbie says it'll have a £4,000 shortfall this year after cuts to its funding from the local authority.
The council says that cutbacks are necessary because of reductions to its own budget from the Scottish Government.
Mossburn Farm needs £50,000 a year to care for abused and neglected animals.
The group also helps young people with special needs to learn to care for them.
Staff at a Community Farm near Lockerbie had to endure three days over Christmas without heating or hot water after thieves stole hundreds of pounds worth of oil.
Mossburn Farm manager Juanita Wilson told ITV Border what happened:
Farm manager Juanita Wilson was left angry and disappointed by the theft.
She said that the charity is already finding it hard with a rise in animal food costs, and now they will have to pay insurance excess:
Heating engineers were called out to the farm, and discovered that sludge had been sucked up, meaning further damage may have been caused.
Thieves have stolen around £600 worth of heating oil from a community farm near Hightae, just outside of Lockerbie.
Mossburn Community Farm, which is a registered charity, was raided on Christmas Eve.
The discovery was made when farm manager, Juanita Wilson, realised the Rayburn had stopped working.
An empty fuel tank meant the farm was left without heating or hot water for three days over Christmas.
This is the latest raid on central heating and diesel fuel tanks across Dumfries and Galloway.