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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Broken windows are leaving holes in the checkbook at one metro non-profit.

The sight of broken glass is getting to be an expensive inconvenience, according to leaders at Spay and Neuter Kansas City, which sits just off Troost Avenue at 59th Street. Twice in the past three weeks, vandals have broken the windows out of trucks this agency uses to get its job done.

“The very middle of the windshield had a gaping hole in it about this big,” Amy Harrington, Spay and Neuter KC director of operations, said.

Harrington remembers coming to work on March 13th, and finding someone had thrown two cinderblocks through the windshield of the agency’s box truck.

“Those had to be those completely replaced,” Harrington said.

That’s when Harrington’s staff moved their two trucks to a storage spot they thought would be safer, but the vandals struck again two weeks later, breaking out the side windows on the agency’s smaller truck.

“All of it coming up to about $1,200-$1,300,” Harrington said. “Money that we don't have.”

Spay & Neuter KC’s parking lot has security cameras, but each time, vandals were just out of camera sight. The damage cost them about two days work.

“We found bricks that were lobbed over the privacy fence, Ronnie Luna, another Spay & Neuter Kansas City employee, said.

The agency provides basic veterinary care and sterilization to lower-income families.

“We use (the trucks) to get animals to the clinic,” Luna said. “Specifically, they’re for people who don't have transportation who need our services, so that's critical.”

“We're not going to let this get us down,” Harrington said. “We're going to pick ourselves up and keep doing what we're doing.”

If you know who might be behind this vandalism, please call the Kansas City Police.

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