BBC – Call for Capricorn Animal Rescue charity finances probe

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-38365690

One protester, Daniel Rose, said: “I’ve been a trustee and a volunteer at the charity for several years and the amount of issues we’ve found – it needs looking into urgently.

“We want the Charity Commission to open their eyes and see that an inquiry is needed to make certain all the evidence we’ve provided to them is looked at properly.”

The Charity Commission said it had received a number of complaints about Capricorn and that it had provided regulatory advice and guidance to the charity’s trustees in the form of an action plan.

“Our case remains open and we are continuing to monitor the charity and its compliance with the action plan,” a spokesperson said.

“We have met with the charity’s trustees and will be engaging further regarding the issues raised. As such we cannot comment further at this time.”

Animal Cruelty and Deceit – Exposed in BBC Week In Week Out Investigation

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To all those who watched last night’s BBC Week In Week Out investigation, I’m certain I don’t need to describe the conditions of Capricorn Animal Rescue, however this show only had an undercover reporter in there for 10 days, imagine all that has gone on outside of those 10 days and with other animals like the dogs and wildlife which the undercover reporter didn’t work with.

For those who didn’t see it, there were dead cats and kittens, cattery pens not cleaned for 3 days, animals without access to water and showing signs they’d not had any for quite some time! Please watch on BBC iPlayer at the following link;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b084zg92

One key part of the program is where the RSPCA are filmed handing Mrs Stewart an Improvement Notice order – this is used by them to officially record orders handed out to people who are not providing animal welfare standards – to which Mrs Stewart then tells the undercover reporter a completely different story;

She said the RSPCA officers wanted to help her disprove complaints made online by former volunteers, she says “So, he said if I can take photos of  everything then I can not only say I can go there but here’s the proof what you’re saying is not true. The chief inspector sent him down to get evidence to shut that lot up.” So instead of acting on the volunteers concerns she plans to sue them “Now we’ve got the RSPCA to say everything they say are lies, we’re going to go after them for defamation and libel, and they’ll all be in court”

The RSPCA however state “Mrs Stewarts claims are CATEGORICALLY UNTRUE

This small section of the program shows the deceit faced by everyone who has dealt with this rescue and tried to fight against the abuses, while this program focuses on animal welfare there is much more beyond that regarding the charity which the Charity Commission has been advised of, Capricorn was already one of the top 10 most complained about charities in 2015, many other legal issues exist;

  • Abuses of trust and power
  • Phenomenal abuses of governance
  • Ignoring requirements from the Charities Act
  • False minutes
  • Lies surrounding the employment of related parties
  • Lies regarding Trustee’s old and new
  • Lies about Volunteers, Membership, meetings
  • False statements regarding animal ownership
  • False allegations to police and public in reference to Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters
  • Serious slander about Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters
  • Deceitful masking of financial abuse
  • Wilful Mismanagement of financial records
  • Failures on a massive scale from Health and Safety to employment law
  • Multiple and continued conflicts of interest not managed at all

My last email to the commission has now been ignored for 50 working days, within that time I’ve chased them by phone and email without any response.  I’m sure you can now see how critical it is to have a public body step in here and properly investigate the goings on in this charity, as they are the only body with the powers needed to deal with a charity, please join us in advising the Charity Commission that an injury must be opened.

Please contact the charity commission at the following email address [email protected]

We hope that the program will make major differences not just to Capricorn but to Animal Welfare and make the Charity Commission think twice of ignoring volunteers pleas for help.

Heavy Hand
Why I love charity but resent the charity commission, like so many others

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Ever since my teens I’ve believed charity was important to the world and have involved myself in small fundraisers and signed those ceaseless online petitions but several years ago I decided my time was more valuable and started volunteering for a local animal charity. If you gave me a brief explanation as to what would follow the next few years, I’d have called you a fantasist. This charity was one of the most complained about charities of 2015 and I, along with the many other volunteers involved in this, rest the blame for the ongoing issues directly on the Charity Commission’s failures.

This charity was part of an undercover BBC Week In Week Out investigation in Dec 2016 – you can watch the program on YouTube – https://youtu.be/vp-mFpDO0WE    (iPlayer –http://danjrose.uk/animal-curelty-deceit-exposed-bbc-week-week/)

Very quickly after volunteering I discovered things weren’t quite what they seemed, originally I was a staunch supporter of all the hard work put into this charity and can’t explain my emotion when I realised the scale of animal neglect and the lies submitted by the founder to cover it up! At first I volunteered more, thought it was an issue of workload but no, the following is a short list of what’s been evidenced;

  • Abuses of trust and power
  • Phenomenal abuses of governance
  • Ignoring requirements from the Charities Act
  • False minutes
  • Lies regarding animal welfare
  • Lies surrounding the employment of related parties
  • Lies regarding Trustee’s old and new
  • Lies about Volunteers, Membership, meetings
  • False statements regarding animal ownership
  • False allegations to police and public in reference to Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters
  • Serious slander about Trustees, Volunteers and Supporters
  • Deceitful masking of financial abuse
  • Trustees being removed from Charity property by the founder
  • Wilful Mismanagement of financial records
  • Failures on a massive scale from Health and Safety to employment law
  • Multiple and continued conflicts of interest not managed at all

my last email has now been ignored [by the Charity Commission] for 2 months 2 weeks and 3 days

Evidence of each of these has been submitted to the charity commission, with each reply becoming more and more robotic, until they no longer replied, my last email has now been ignored for 2 months 2 weeks and 3 days, even after chasing it up. Thus far the Commission has Ignored beneficiaries suffering, ignored constitutional requirements, didn’t contact one other body to clarify anything, didn’t verify any of the lies being told by the founder, importantly allowed an illegal AGM and the person the allegations are all made against – to once again become a trustee and worst of all – breached the trust of the public who expect the commission to protect against charity wrongdoing which most people perceive as one of the most immoral of all acts.

During this whole process not one informed individual have asserted any faith in the Commission’s ability to act, each only confirming the depth of issues, but all of who do not want to stick their neck out affecting their own roles or defy such a clandestine and uncontrolled body. Our MPs met with the Commission and confirmed they are not what they expected even describing them as a ‘chocolate fireguard’.

While trying to get the commission to step in to stop the abuse and to police the industry it’s responsible for, the founder has accused us of Theft – from stealing donation boxes to transferring money out of the charity account and into my own (then advising supporters the police can’t do anything about it as it was more than 12 months ago!), bullying – even going to the point of advising in a ‘solicitors letter’ that complaints had been made by an apprentice of the charity (the college confirmed this was untrue), later advising the police there was a restraining order on me issued by the apprentice and countless other imaginary wrongdoings, created purposely to destroy characters and allow the founder to keep unilateral control.

There are no words to describe what those actions cause to a person

There are no words to describe what those actions cause to a person and many of the volunteers involved have suffered major depression, some even having breakdowns, others an irreparable grief for supporting such an organisation. I don’t think there are words to truly describe the person who committed the actions against these hardworking and dedicated volunteers, it’s clear anyone who can act in such a manner should never be allowed to control a charity, but in the same should a regulatory body who can ignore such horrific actions be allowed to continue?

If it wasn’t for the courage of those original volunteers to stand up and fight for probity, then this regime will carry on. The more concerning issue is that it’s only due to the beneficiaries being animals that the courage was found, if this charity had of been one to fundraise for support of other groups or societal problems, then they would have just walked away. What percentage of charities are similar situations happening to, how many other volunteers are suffering because of an incompetent regulator?

Major changes are needed as currently the Charity Commission is not fit for purpose