PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's a cyber attack that could end up hurting our four-legged friends.
"You would never expect that they would hack a dog rescue, there's nothing to be gained, there's no monetary stuff that can be gotten from us, but they did it," said Dana Haywood.
Haywood and his wife say the Arizona Golden Rescue website was shut down last week for more than three days because someone hacked the organization's server.
"About 30,000 spam e-mails had gone out from our e-mail server, and they weren't the nicest of spam mails, so they shut us down," said Haywood.
With 500 members, the rescue helps find homes for golden retrievers and mixes in trouble. The attack comes at a bad time for the rescue that can take up to $15,000 in donations during the holidays.
Haywood says the website is up and running again, no one's personal information was stolen. It was just lost time, and they will never know what they lost in donations.
"Our adoption fees don't come anywhere near to covering expenses, our highest adoption fee is $350 for a puppy under 2-years-old," said Haywood.
If you would like to donate to the rescue, visit: http://www.arizonagoldenrescue.org/