Simon Price, 52, has been arrested for allegedly stealing £450,000 of donations from Birmingham Dogs Home - the charity he's been chief executive of since 2003. The Birmingham Dogs Home, founded in 1892, relies entirely on public support.
John Wheatley, Birmingham Dogs Home Chairman, issued a statement on the matter yesterday, 15 November.
“Further to investigating a financial irregularity within the charity, I am bitterly disappointed to confirm that funds have been stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home. A suspect has been arrested and is on police bail," he said. "We are working closely with West Midlands Police in an attempt to recover the stolen funds."
Staff, patrons and trustees of the charity are said to be "deeply shocked and saddened" at the breach of trust.
"I would like to assure everybody that the wellbeing of the dogs that our wonderful staff care for remains top priority and will not be affected by this awful crime," Wheatley says. "To our donors and benefactors, your generosity and support over the years has been vital and will remain so. No account information has been jeopardised and we are reviewing all of our systems with independent advisors to ensure something like this won’t happen again. I am also hopeful that we can recover the stolen funds and return them to their original purpose of rescuing, caring for and rehoming abandoned dogs.”
Image by Birmingham Dogs Home.