Hundreds of animals have been rescued from an animal rescue center. Officials moved in after The Capricorn Animal Rescue Centre was reported to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the UK.
Officers spent nine hours seizing animals including pigs, cats, dogs, rabbits and birds from a troubled countryside sanctuary in Flintshire, North Wales, UK.
The filthy conditions were reported to the RSPCA by former volunteers who raised concerns over animal welfare standards.
Former rescue center workers also claimed animals were being kept in “dirty overcrowded conditions”.
The center was also being investigated by the Charity Commission for alleged financial misconduct and was on the verge of closing down.
Sheila Stewart, the founder of the center claimed the allegations were “unfounded.”
She said: “It was a shock. For the last three years, I’ve been battling against this happening.”
In 2017 the center had its bank accounts frozen by the Charity Commission as part of its investigation.
A Charity Commission spokesman said: “We have an ongoing statutory inquiry into governance issues at Capricorn Animal Sanctuary, as part of which we appointed an interim manager to the charity earlier this year. We recognize there is considerable local interest in this matter, however we are unable to comment further at this time so as to avoid prejudicing the outcome of our investigation.”
Space has now been made at other rescue centers in the area to take in the animals.