Police are investigating after eight vehicles belonging to the Humane Society of Greater Miami were vandalized early Wednesday in North Miami Beach.
Officials with the organization said the vehicles were parked in the shelter's parking lot and an adjacent parking lot when they were vandalized around 1 a.m.
The hoods were forced open, all of the batteries were removed and vital cables were cut, leaving all eight vehicles inoperable, officials said.
The vehicles are used to transport animals to hospitals for emergency care, take animals to Pet Supermarket for adoption, and to bring food and pet supplies to the shelter.
The organization has nine vehicles, so the vandalism is preventing them from performing their normal operations, officials said.
"We are utterly devastated about what has happened," executive director Laurie Hoffman said. "We cannot understand why somebody would destroy property that is not theirs, especially when the property is used to help the lives of animals in need daily."
Police were reviewing surveillance footage to try to solve the crime.
In the meantime, the organization is seeking donations and is asking anyone who can contribute to visit www.humanesocietymiami.org or call 305-749-1816.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami will be participating in Clear The Shelters on Aug. 15. For more information, click here.