Vandals tear through Arizona Humane Society thrift store

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PHOENIX – One of the Arizona Humane Society’s thrift stores is closed after vandals broke in Saturday morning and tore the place apart.

The AHS South Mountain Thrift Store, one of two such stores, is located near Central and Southern avenues. The vandals broke is at about 2 a.m.

Four of the windows were broken, and many items, including cash registers, jewelry display cases, and a room full of electronics, were destroyed.

Both the South Mountain store and the Sunnyslope store feature a variety of merchandise such as clothing, furniture, household items, electronics, and appliances. Both stores also sell pet supplies. Purchases made at the stores help fund the Arizona Humane Society’s programs to help animals in need.

The Arizona Humane Society is a non-profit organization that receives no government funding and thus relies on donations and endeavors like the thrifts stores.

Donations of new or gently used merchandise are accepted at both locations. Such donations are tax deductible.

The Arizona Humane Society is asking for volunteers to help clean up, repair the damage, and get the store back up and running.

If you are interested in helping, you can visit www.azhumane.org or call 602-977-7586.

The thrift stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Because of the damage left behind by the vandals, the South Mountain store will be closed on Sunday. The Sunnyslope store will be open as usual.

While police do not yet have any suspects in the vandalism, there reportedly is surveillance video.