AHAR animal welfare charity to be closed

Controversial Kerry animal welfare charity AHAR is to be wound down and its assets and staff transferred to another charity

The decision comes after it was revealed by the new chair of AHAR that proper books of account were not kept over several years at the Castleisland based organisation

Animal Heaven Animal Rescue was founded by Suzanne Gibbons has been run for several years from a 37 acre farm at Craig Castleisland.

In October under threat of high court action, the charity was forced to accept the appointment of four trustees by the Charities Regulator, including David Hall.

The charity will now be closed and its assets and staff will be transferred to Athlone based animal welfare organisation Athlone and West Midlands SPCA.

In a statement Mr Hall said Revenue findings confirmed a lack of governance and no proper books and records being kept.

They found AHAR had a tax liability of Euro 130,000 including penalties for the years 2015 and 2016. Further penalties may follow for 2017.

Mr Hall’s statement said the Revenue accepted that a lot of business was conducted using cash and accepted payments were made in this manner, but took issue with some transactions and the lack of underlying records.

Speaking to the Kerry Today programme Mr Hall said operations of animal welfare will continue at Craig.



On the issue of the outstanding tax liability Mr Hall admitted that The Revenue may well look to sell some of or all of the AHAR land in Kerry.