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7 vans vandalized at Humane Society of Greater Miami

Vandalism to cost organization thousands of dollars in repairs

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Police are searching for those responsible for vandalizing seven of nine transport vans owned by the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Police believe that the incident happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the shelter.

According to officials at the shelter, the vandals forced the hoods of the vans open, removed the batteries and cut all the vital cables.

"We are utterly devastated about what has happened," Laurie Hoffman, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, said. "We cannot understand why somebody would destroy property that is not theirs, especially when the property is used to help the lives of animals in need daily."

Shelter employees said the vans are used to take animals to hospitals for emergency care and to Pet Supermarket, where they are put up for adoption.

The organization said the vandalism will make it difficult for the shelter to resume its daily operations and will also be a financial burden, as they are facing thousands of dollars' worth of damage.

To make a donation, visit www.humanesocietymiami.org or call 305-749-1816.

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