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Indianapolis animal shelter vehicle targeted by vandals

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 14:17:44-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A vehicle used by the Indianapolis Animal Care Services was damaged by vandals late Thursday.

According to a report from IACS, officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department notified the agency late Thursday that the agency's Jeep Cherokee had been vandalized at Brookside Park. The vehicle had a broken window and other damage.

"It's disappointing that someone would damage a tool the shelter is using to educate the public about the importance of keeping pets safe in the heat," Katie Trennepohl, deputy director of IACS, said. "While other aspects of the educational campaign will continue, we will not be able to park the Jeep in other Indy Parks as planned."

The Jeep had recently been parked at Holliday Park and Broad Ripple Park. The IACS mascot, Maxwell, had been riding in the passenger seat of the Jeep. Maxwell was not damaged in the incident and nothing appears to have been taken from the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.