RSPCA says it may have been able to help at Ark Sanctuary had it known of problems before bailiffs arrived

Paula Campbell after she collapsed when the bailiffs arrived

Paula Campbell after she collapsed when the bailiffs arrived

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ANIMAL welfare inspectors say they may have been able to help an animal sanctuary which was shut down by bailiffs if they had known about its problems in advance.

The Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary, in Willington, was repossessed from owner Paula Campbell on Wednesday (January 29) and bailiffs moved on to the site at Milkup Bank Farm within 24 hours.

RSPCA inspectors were called to ensure the welfare of the animals, assisting with the care, feeding and watering of the animals.

They have now left, but in a statement, a spokesman said: "We became involved after receiving a call from the bailiff’s company, asking for our help, and knew nothing about this situation at all before then.

“We were not asked for any assistance with these animals prior to the eviction taking place. Had we known about this situation it might have been possible for us to help before it came to this."

The spokesman said vets attended to check over all of the animals on Thursday (January 20) to ensure that any requiring treatment received it.

“We took a small number of animals who were reliant on electricity for their welfare to a place where their needs could be met," he said.

“We are not responsible for these or any of the animals at the scene - they are the responsibility of the bailiff’s company currently, and are owned by Paula Campbell.

“We are satisfied with the conditions we have left those animals at the scene in.”

A guinea pig was put to sleep by a vet and the RSPCA has taken into care a cat and two ponies on medical advice.

Well wishers have flooded social media with calls to help the beleagued sanctuary and an online fundraising campaign has been launched.

The Save the Animals of Rainbow Ark campaign was started online with the target of raising £10,000 to cover the cost of rehoming the 350 animals.

The group set itself a new target of raising £50,000 and today (Saturday, February 1) the total raised was £39,386.

It was not possible to contact Ms Campbell.

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1:38pm Sun 2 Feb 14

calumannabel says...

How come they can 'act' over events at Willington yet they cannot react to reports of starving cattle at W Musgrave Farm in St Helen's Auckland where seven cows perished last week through neglect and a calf was suckling its dead mother for two days last week? DEFRA and RSPCA a waste of space - both of them! Neighbours say they are only fed once a week on a Saturday!
How come they can 'act' over events at Willington yet they cannot react to reports of starving cattle at W Musgrave Farm in St Helen's Auckland where seven cows perished last week through neglect and a calf was suckling its dead mother for two days last week? DEFRA and RSPCA a waste of space - both of them! Neighbours say they are only fed once a week on a Saturday! calumannabel
  • Score: 10

4:23pm Sun 2 Feb 14

vauxhall007 says...

I personally reported the disgraceful "animal welfare" treatment at West Musgrave Farm to the USPCA and the Ministry Vet, who will remain nameless at this moment, THEY DONT CARE, Animal tags being tampered with, lame animals which the MINISTRY VET turn a blind eye to, these animals fall into ill health, the VET ignores these issues and the the animals DROP DEAD.

The animals on the farm ARE NOT FIT FOR the human food chain, the young calves, do not have proper bedding (in accordance with DEFRA requirements) the animals are being fed ONCE A WEEK.

I reported the suspicion of TB in the animals and the MINISTRY VET told me HE TESTED THE COWS TWO YEARS ago, what a joke. WHERE are ALL the animal WELFARE AGENCIES now.

I have watched the so called "SHEPHERD" farmers, the only thing they can breed are "RATS" and DCC want the neighbours to pay for PEST CONTROL, people in the AREA should remember at the NEXT ELECTIONS what COUNCILLORS have helped them.
I personally reported the disgraceful "animal welfare" treatment at West Musgrave Farm to the USPCA and the Ministry Vet, who will remain nameless at this moment, THEY DONT CARE, Animal tags being tampered with, lame animals which the MINISTRY VET turn a blind eye to, these animals fall into ill health, the VET ignores these issues and the the animals DROP DEAD. The animals on the farm ARE NOT FIT FOR the human food chain, the young calves, do not have proper bedding (in accordance with DEFRA requirements) the animals are being fed ONCE A WEEK. I reported the suspicion of TB in the animals and the MINISTRY VET told me HE TESTED THE COWS TWO YEARS ago, what a joke. WHERE are ALL the animal WELFARE AGENCIES now. I have watched the so called "SHEPHERD" farmers, the only thing they can breed are "RATS" and DCC want the neighbours to pay for PEST CONTROL, people in the AREA should remember at the NEXT ELECTIONS what COUNCILLORS have helped them. vauxhall007
  • Score: 9

5:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Some (RSPCA) officers may do a good Job in certain parts of the country however 'on three different occasions' over a 'number of years' in the' north east of england, I have rang the 'RSPCA' and never one got to speak to 'any real person', just a 'daft' answering machine not even the curtorsey of a 'telephone call back'. Something's wrong, a mismatch here, when you see all the RSPCA 'advertising money grabbing hype' but can never get anybody, anytime and 'yes' I generally support animals.
Some (RSPCA) officers may do a good Job in certain parts of the country however 'on three different occasions' over a 'number of years' in the' north east of england, I have rang the 'RSPCA' and never one got to speak to 'any real person', just a 'daft' answering machine not even the curtorsey of a 'telephone call back'. Something's wrong, a mismatch here, when you see all the RSPCA 'advertising money grabbing hype' but can never get anybody, anytime and 'yes' I generally support animals. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 5

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