Please see our statement about today’s news here :

John Wheatley, Birmingham Dogs Home Chairman comments:

"Further to investigating a financial irregularity within the charity, I am bitterly disappointed to confirm that funds have been stolen from Birmingham Dogs Home.

A suspect has been arrested and is on police bail. We are working closely with West Midlands Police in an attempt to recover the stolen funds.

Staff, patrons, trustees and other parties have been informed and we are all deeply shocked and saddened that someone within the charity would abuse a position of trust.

I would like to assure everybody that the wellbeing of the dogs that our wonderful staff care for remains top priority and will not be affected by this awful crime.

To our donors and benefactors, your generosity and support over the years has been vital and will remain so. No account information has been jeopardised and we are reviewing all of our systems with independent advisors to ensure something like this won’t happen again.

I am also hopeful that we can recover the stolen funds and return them to their original purpose of rescuing, caring for and rehoming abandoned dogs."