Dog rescue charity closes after founder admits animal neglect
PUBLISHED 21st MAY 2014 00.37
A DOG rescue charity in Yorkshire whose founder was banned from keeping animals for 10 years has closed down after admitting it cannot continue running following her conviction.
RSPCA workers who inspected Dorothy Harland’s house said it was the worst property they had seen in 20 years of working for the charity – with police officers forced to wear gas masks to enter the house.
The charity she founded, Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), which was based at West Tanfield, near Ripon, has now announced that it has permanently closed down as of this week.
It said in a statement: “Sadly it has become obvious over the past 11 days since our founder Dorothy Harland was disqualified from keeping animals in her private life for 10 years that despite the renewed effort by volunteers and overwhelming support of sponsors and supporters the position was untenable.