Animal charity fights winding up petition started by former legal advisers

An animal charity is fighting to have a petition for a winding up order brought against it by a law firm dismissed.

The petition to wind up Animal Protection Services was presented to the High Court on 2 December by the charity’s previous legal advisers Parry & Welch. The firm claims to be a creditor of the charity.

APS said last month that it was considering legal action against Parry & Welch after claims were made that they had both acted improperly in its pursuit of private prosecutions.

The charity previously denied any allegation that it had acted “improperly or maliciously”.

The Charity Commission contacted APS trustees in November after a judge criticised the charity, having found that dozens of pet owners might have suffered miscarriages of justice after being unfairly prosecuted by APS and Parry & Welch.

The law firm said it could not comment while the dismissal proceedings were ongoing.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Animal Protection Services has made an application to dismiss the petition to wind up the charity.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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