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Vandals hit animal shelter

Smashed-out windows, the calling card of vandals who targeted the Edmonton Humane Society the night before, were hurriedly patched with pieces of plastic yesterday on a truck used to transport surgery-bound animals.

Smashed-out windows, the calling card of vandals who targeted the Edmonton Humane Society the night before, were hurriedly patched with pieces of plastic yesterday on a truck used to transport surgery-bound animals.

An employee arrived at work around 7:30 a.m. yesterday to find that three truck windows had been smashed, and a shed had been vandalized.

“It puts a dark cloud over the Humane Society,” said spokeswoman Shawna Randolph. “We just felt violated coming in this morning. Why do people do these things?”

The truck is used four days a week to transport sick or injured animals to a surgery facility, and is costing the donation-based agency a $250 insurance deductible to replace.

Nothing was stolen from the forced-open shed, which stores bags of cat litter.

“It’s horrible, being a not-for-profit agency, and that people do donate money to the centre for care for the animals, and we’re left having to spend time away from the animals to do this.”

Shelter officials will be looking over security tapes to hopefully identify suspects, and are reaching out to the public for tips that could lead to the arrest of whoever is responsible.

“It does look senseless, and we don’t feel like we’re targeted,” Randolph said, adding other vehicles on the block had been damaged through the night.

To submit tips, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

 
 
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