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Vandals damage iconic beach statue

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Updated: 11/21/2013 8:33 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police are searching for the suspects responsible for damaging an iconic statue at Beaches Animal Clinic.

The white Pegasus statue is on the mend. Much like the dozens of animals cared for everyday at Beaches Animal Clinic.

Staff arrived at work one Sunday morning to find the statue in need of healing.

This isn't the first time the Pegasus has been picked on by area vandals. The clinic installed a surveillance camera which captured two suspects around 2 a.m. Nov. 10.

"Just grabbed one wing, ripped it. Came back and ripped the leg," said Dr. Nancy Ramirez.

The vandals came back with buddies to document the destruction by taking pictures. They even decorated the damaged horse with ranch dressing.

"A lot of us were really upset. Some of us even got teary eyed."

Investigators are now relying on surveillance video to track down the suspects.

The search has sparked a community outcry from folks who are raising funds to help.

Sateria Flood and her son are devastated someone destroyed the beach icon.

"I think it's very disturbing because it's like disturbing the peace and they shouldn't have ever did it," said Flood.

The statue has stood guard for more than 50 years.

Dr. Nancy Ramirez said that's not going to change.

"We're hoping by putting it in the media, Facebook, that maybe somebody knows who the kids are and come forward so they don't do this again," said Ramirez.

The cost to repair Pegasus is about $10,000, which the clinic states could pay for a new statue.

The suspects responsible for vandalizing the statue face felony charges.
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