Three Miami-Dade pet stores were vandalized over the weekend.
The owners at Puppies to Go on Southwest Eighth Street and 73rd Court say the entrance to the store was spray-painted around 6:25 a.m. Saturday. A work van also had its tires slashed and windows smashed.
A surveillance video showed a man with a shirt over his face spray-painting the word “sick” on the sidewalk.
Puppies of Kendall and Paws and Bones also were vandalized.
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“When I came in, all glass inside the cages,” said Gasualdo Rangel of Paws and Bones, 6805 Bird Rd.
In each case, the vandals didn’t steal anything, and none of the dogs were hurt.
“It’s weird that it’s just pet stores — and three of them. I don’t know if it’s someone that does not agree with us, that we sell puppies,” said Delia Nessy of Puppies of Kendall
The owners think whoever did this thinks the stores are associated with puppy mills.
“We get all these dogs from private breeders. They have this whole process to make sure the puppies are taken care of — health certificates, veterinarians up to date. We get them checked up weekly, vitamins everyday as well. So that’s what the people from the streets don’t understand. These puppies are under more care, more observation than animal services,” said Puppies to Go owner Natalie Alvarez.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.