The husband and wife team running a Benfleet animal sanctuary for 13 years have agreed to close it to avoid prosecution over animal cruelty allegations.Yes, It’s this case again.
And what’s that? ‘Avoid prosecution’? How?
The couple were due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court yesterday to face 18 counts each of animal cruelty charges.I’m sorry..? This is legal?
But it has emerged those charges are to be withdrawn if the couple sign a legal agreement to shut Rescuers down, which is expected to happen before a court date next month.
The RSPCA is supposedly (it tells us, anyway) fearless in its determination to prosecute animal cruelty to the fullest extent of the law. It has brought charges. Yet now, it wants to drop those charges if the couple (its direct competitor, remember) get out of town? With the full connivance of the court?
Mrs Mepham told the Echo she had agreed to close the sanctuary, but said this did not mean she or her husband were guilty.Oh, and to put a further cherry on top of this already-rancid cake…
She said: “We deny the allegations and would have fought them in court, but we could not get legal aid. We do not have the money for the case because it has all gone into the sanctuary.
“Our volunteers have supported us and would not have worked here if they had not been happy with the conditions.”
The Mephams live in a mobile home at the sanctuary and are likely to have to go on Castle Point Council’s housing waiting list once the sanctuary is closed.Oh, bravo, RSPCA! Jolly good show!
That’s what little old ladies leave you their money for, isn’t it? So you can use it to squash the competition with a savage ruthlessness that would have a Sicilian mafia boss whistling in admiration, from your opulent offices…
And what will happen to the land on which the sanctuary currently sits?
A council spokeswoman said: “When the site, which is green belt land, is vacated the council will conduct a full review of its future use.“”How cozy…
The RSPCA, which has brought the case against the Mephams, said it was unable to comment.Really? Usually, you can’t shut these people up.
I’d say it was fear of bad publicity, but it doesn’t seem that they care for that any more. Indeed, they haven’t seemed to care about it for a long, long time….