Jean Lilly, the shelter manager, said they do have some information on a possible suspect but could not say anything else about it.
The Kodiak Police Department could not provide further information either.
“All we can say right now is that the officers are going on the leads they can, and it’s ongoing,” said Darrylynn Ford, a police spokeswoman.
Lilly said she got a call early Thursday morning before 8 a.m. about the sign, and the incident had to have happened sometime between when the shelter closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.
Lilly said she has no idea why anyone would want to vandalize the sign, and she didn’t know of anyone who may have been upset with the shelter.
“Nobody in the last several weeks has really complained to me or any of my staff about being unhappy with the services here,” Lilly said. “That’s not to say somebody wasn’t upset about a pet being impounded. It happens, and we have no control over that. Like we explain to the pet owners, we are just a holding facility.”
The shelter removed the sign on Thursday morning, and re-painted the posts that held it up because the posts had also been sprayed.
As far as a new sign goes, members of the community volunteered to pitch in after a picture of the vandalized sign was posted on Facebook.
“The community has stepped forward. People are volunteering their services, donations, whatever it takes to help us get our sign back up,” Lilly said.
In fact, the vandalized sign was originally donated to the shelter.
“About two years ago, a woman came here on vacation and she designed our logo, and she made that sign for us out of her own pocket,” Lilly said. “She said we needed a great big sign for everybody to see so they knew where we were located.”
In an email, Lilly said local printing company Print Master, who helped with the original sign, has contacted her.
“They originally helped Ellin Alexander with our sign and have agreed to donate their services once again to repair it,” the email stated.
The Kodiak Animal Shelter is run by the Kodiak Humane Society and is located near the intersection of Mill Bay Road and Benny Benson Drive.
Contact Julie Herrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.