Phoenix animal shelter halts rescue trip after vandals steal gas

Phoenix animal shelter halts rescue trip after vandals steal gas
Several dogs from Barb's Dog Rescue in Sonora, Mexico, are dropped off at HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix on Oct. 2, 2019.

A Phoenix animal rescue shelter fixed a van for the 2nd time in two months after it experienced gasoline stolen from its tank Thursday morning, Phoenix law enforcement said.

Staff from HALO Animal Rescue, a area shelter situated around 32nd Avenue and Bell Highway, were being just heading out to Barb’s Canine Rescue, in Sonora, Mexico, to select up canines and carry them again before noticing the damage, in accordance to the shelter.

“(Employees) stopped at the gas station to fill up the van and gasoline began to leak out the bottom of the van,” Heather Allen, CEO of HALO Animal Rescue, said to The Arizona Republic.

The crew took the van to a regional repair shop where by they identified a few holes drilled into the fuel tank, Allen stated.

According to Allen, the gasoline theft left a $2,500 invoice to deal with the damages.

This comes weeks after the shelter also located that a person had disconnected the hose to the gas tank in the van in order to siphon gasoline,  Allen mentioned.

The incident has spurred curiosity in other attainable incidents of gas theft. These crimes fall into the identical classification as other vehicular burglaries, producing them challenging to monitor in individual, according to police.

The shelter suspects rising gas selling prices to lead some to obtain substitute methods to fuel their cars.