Rash of Vandalism Drains Resources from Abused Animals

spcaLA asks for public’s help

Los Angeles, CA (6/28/19) – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) Administrative Office at 5026 W. Jefferson Blvd in Los Angeles has been hit by a torrent of vandalism in recent weeks and is looking for the public’s help in identifying the culprits. Tagging is costly and effects all the businesses in the area.

“We are a non-profit,” said spcaLA Vice President, Miriam Davenport. “Every time we have to utilize staff time and money dealing with something as senseless as tagging, it takes away resources from the animals in our care, our violence prevention and humane education programs, and our animal cruelty investigations.”

Video surveillance shows two separate incidents in less than 4 days. In one instance, two young males, one on a skateboard keeps lookout as the other tags a business across the street (see video) and then hits spcaLA (see photo). In the second, a car pulls over, a male passenger gets out and tags the wall (see video). The car is a dark-colored two-door coupe with a tinted sunroof, possibly an older model Honda Accord. Both acts of vandalism occurred around 9pm, and each did $500 damage.

“spcaLA is currently working to open a pet adoption center at that location,” said Davenport. “It will be an amazing resource for the community, not to mention hundreds of abandoned and abused animals, if only we can spend money on the animals and not covering graffiti.”

Individuals with information about the vandalism (case #190628003412) are urged to contact the LAPD’s Southwest Community Police Station at (213) 485-2582.