PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A vandal struck a north Phoenix animal rescue over the weekend, and it was all caught on security camera.

On the evening of Friday, April 30, a man was seen walking back and forth in front of HALO Animal Rescue near 32nd Street and Bell Road.

HALO officials say a person, who appears to be the same man, then threw a rock into HALO’s front lobby window, causing it to shatter. The man did not go inside the building after breaking the window. 

“For reasons unknown at 8:17 he took a big rock threw it through the front window and that shattered glass all the way from the window to the stairs behind me," said Heather Allen, CEO & President of HALO. “It seemed like from the video that he was intoxicated or there was something going on where he didn’t seem quite… okay.”

HALO vandalism cleanup

The vandalism left staffers with a big cleanup job.

HALO employees spent most of their morning cleaning up the broken glass covered most of the lobby before they could safely open. “We just don’t understand how someone could do such a thing to an animal shelter," said Allen. "We were worried for our pets' safety and glad no pets were hurt or stolen.” 

But she does worry that that attack left many of the animals scared. “A lot of these dogs have traumatic histories and haven’t had the proper love and attention and I don’t want them ever to be scared," she said. "It’s just sad because anytime something like this happens, it takes away from the work we are doing every day, helping the animals.”

HALO says this was the third act of violence at the rescue in the past month. If anyone has any information, they're asked to send HALO a private message on Facebook.


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