Dog rescue charity closes after founder admits animal neglect

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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.

“Any dog rescue-related organisation will not work with a rescue that has had anyone with a conviction for animal welfare issues.

“We the volunteers were devastated when we heard about the court case and are equally devastated now that all our hard work has come to this. All we ever want to do is help save dogs from death row and send them to a better life.”

Harland, who pleaded guilty to five counts of animal neglect at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court, has been barred from keeping animals for 10 years and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

The court heard the animals tried to burst out of the house in Harrogate when they were eventually discovered on December 14, last year.