AWL Media release May 29 2013
The Animal Welfare League Qld will re-open its doors on the 11th June more than two months after Ipswich City Council issued a suspension order after receiving allegations of animal neglect and cruelty made by a disgruntled volunteer.
The subsequent investigation carried out by Council found no evidence to substantiate any of the allegations and on the 10th May AWLQ were asked by Council to return to Ipswich to provide services under the terms of the contract.
AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley says the suspension came at a huge cost to the animal welfare charity financially and also to staff who have received no income for over eight weeks.
“Our staff and volunteers have been falsely accused of mistreating animals and we are considering legal options in regards to the people who made false statements on sworn affidavits which were the cause for the suspension,” Ms Bradley says.
More than 1500 people signed a petition that was presented to the Ipswich City Council calling for the Animal Welfare League of Qld to be reinstated.
“The AWLQ will return to Ipswich with a strong support network in the community. In desperate times it is nice to know the rehoming centre has the communities support and we plan to utilise this support to reach even higher rehoming targets,” Ms Bradley says
Ms Bradley says the AWLQ, which also operates a community vet clinic in Tiger Street Ipswich has rehomed more than 3000 animals since it started in Ipswich in 2002.
“We’ve made a commitment to the Ipswich community to save their animals and have been doing that conscientiously since 2002,” she says.
“We would like to thank everyone who has stood by us during the last two months from the media to the members of the public and look forward to continuing our work with the community and giving second chances to the homeless animals of Ipswich Ms Bradley says.
Brooke Whitney, Communications Manager
Animal Welfare League of Qld
PO Box 3253, Helensvale Town Centre Qld 4212
Tel: 07 5509 9030