Animal rescue charity fails to file accounts for five years

A statutory inquiry has been launched by the Charity Commission into animal charity Muffin Pug Rescue, after it “repeatedly failed” to file its accounts over the last five years.

Concerns around the small charity’s spending have also emerged, in particularly whether funds have been used for its purpose, to rehome and care for pugs.

According to the Charity Register, the charity's filing is 1,580 days overdue. Its last accounts are for the year ending April 2016. This shows it had an income of £8,950 and spent £7,850.

Muffin Pug Rescue was registered in 2015 and has four trustees, two of whom were appointed earlier this year.

The regulator said it “has previously issued the trustees with advice and guidance on submitting the charity’s accounts but they have repeatedly failed to comply with the legal requirement to do so for the past five years”.

It adds: “An analysis by the Commission of the charity’s bank statements identified concerns that some funds may not have been spent in furtherance of the charity’s purposes.

“The trustees’ repeated failure in their legal duty to submit the charity’s accounts and the concerns about spending will now be investigated within the framework of a statutory inquiry.

“The inquiry will examine the administration, governance and management of the charity.”

This probe will look at the trustees’ compliance with their legal obligations to file accounts and “the possible misappropriation and/or misapplication of the charity’s funds”.

Muffin Pug Rescue founder and trustee Kristine Lovelady said that the charity's trustees will not be commenting “until the investigation is concluded”.

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