Thieves steal flowers from Rescue Haven, animal rescue planned for Indianapolis' south side

Group was trying to spruce up property

INDIANAPOLIS - Operators of a proposed no-kill animal rescue on Indianapolis' south side are upset after flowers and trees meant to spruce up the property were stolen this week.

Two existing rescues, All About Dogs and German Shepherd Rescue Indy , are hoping to turn a home and a nearby former car repair shop garage at 1806 S. Belmont Ave. into a new operation called Rescue Haven.

But first, they need a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

An attorney for Rescue Haven advised petitioner Amber Marks to try to brighten up the property by planting trees and flowers.

Marks and her colleagues sought donations for and purchased $250 worth of trees, soil, a flower box and flowers in baskets, pots and flats. 

But before they could plant them, thieves stole all of the supplies Tuesday night.

Marks said the rescue won't likely replace the landscaping supplies this close to Mother's Day, when flowers are hot targets for thieves. Instead, they'll focus on making sure the property is cleaned up.

They've planned an open house for neighbors May 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

The group's variance hearing is set for May 21 at 1 p.m.

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