- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Lots of four legged friends are one step closer to finding permanent homes thanks to an outpouring from the community after eight transport vans were vandalized at a South Florida Humane Society.

Earlier this month, Humane Society of Greater Miami Executive Director Laurie Hoffman says the vandals forced open the hood, cut cables and stole the batteries, leaving the vehicles inoperable. That meant animals could not be taken to hospitals to receive emergency care or transferred to adoption events.

But within days, new car batteries and cables were donated, along with installation and service fees. Replacement vans were also donated while the vans were being fixed. A local security company also donated a new security camera system.

Hoffman said the organization is now operating at full capacity.

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