A non-profit spay and neuter organization in Kansas City, Missouri, was hit by vandals on Saturday night…for the fourth time this year. According to Fox 4 KC News, this most recent incident involved approximately $1500 of damage to two fleet trucks belonging to Spay and Neuter Kansas City.
Marlan Roberts, the Program Manager for Families Better Together Outreach Program with the non-profit agency, expressed dismay over the crime, which left the trucks with smashed windows, to Fox 4 News, “We are still baffled as to why this was done. Nothing was stolen. They didn’t get in the vehicles. It just seems like an act of rage. Like, what did we do? We’re only here to help you.”
Spay and neuter programs are a key component to reducing the number of homeless, unwanted and neglected pets – now that Spay and Neuter Kansas City’s only two fleet trucks are damaged, they are temporarily unable to continue their good work. Adding insult to injury, the repairs to the vehicles is being paid for out-of-pocket to keep the agency’s insurance premiums from skyrocketing.
On Tuesday afternoon, the group notified Facebook followers that there is a silver lining to the otherwise sad story:
We called our friends at Safelite AutoGlass to replace those busted windows in our vehicles, and when we looked at the invoice, we were surprised and thrilled to see that they cut us a break on pricing! We’re incredibly happy with the work they do, and we’ve been amazed by the generosity of everyone we’ve talked to about this situation. After so much frustration and sadness over this whole thing, it’s been incredibly uplifting to see how kind, generous, and caring people can be! Thanks to Safelite, and thanks to all of you whose kind words and donations have turned this bad situation into a reason to be proud of our community!
The group is trying to find a way to prevent these senseless acts of vandalism from happening again – the non-profit stated:
We’re looking into a few different options as far as how we move forward from here, including storing the vehicles off-site and beefing up security.
Surveillance cameras did capture the late night incident on video – it is believed that one person, using a golf club, vandalized the trucks. A reward is being offered for information leading to whoever is responsible for damaging the vehicles.