Posted: Tue 27th Nov 2018

RSPCA launch operation at Capricorn Animal Rescue after being called in by Charity Commission.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2018


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RSPCA officers have launched an operation this morning to remove animals from Capricorn Animal Rescue after being called in by the Charity Commission.

The troubled Padeswood rescue centre is at the centre of an investigation by the commission due to “continued concerns about the governance and management” of the charity.

A large number of RSPCA vans have been seen lined up outside the rescue centre.

An RSPCA spokesperson told Deeside.com:

“RSPCA Cymru has been ready to offer any help the Charity Commission needs, including assisting with animals, while they have been conducting their statutory inquiry, and dealing with issues relating to Capricorn Animal Rescue.

“Following a request for support, RSPCA officers have today been at the site.

“We are unable to comment on the progress of any on-going operation; but wish to reassure the public that the RSPCA always works tirelessly to deliver the best possible outcome for any animal we deal with.”

The Charity Commission began an investigation into the running of the centre back in February 2017,  due to “on-going serious regulatory issues.”

The charity had its bank accounts frozen to ‘protect assets’ while the Commission conducted a ‘statutory inquiry’ under the legal framework of section 46 of the charities act, it is still ongoing.

Interim managers are appointed to take over the running of a charity “to the exclusion of the trustees.”

The Commission said it is aware that the charity has been the subject of concerns from members of the public relating to the welfare of animals in the charity’s care but “this does not fall within the Commission’s remit and concerns on this matter should be directed to the RSPCA.” It said. 

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