IT was one of the most vicious dog fights of last year.
But now a snarling war of words between an animal rescue boss and furious former workers looks to have reached a new chapter.
Beleaguered Kim’s Animal Rescue Centre, in Mijas, has been put up for sale due to financial difficulties.
It comes after thousands of euros were donated to bring the centre up to humane standards, following a damning Olive Press investigation last September.
Now critics and donors claim boss Kim Halliwell is ‘planning to cash in’ having spent the money putting on a new roof and renovating the shelter.
One said: “After all the donations that came in following the campaign to get the new roof, now she is cashing in and selling the place. Surely this is charity money?”
Another added that the proceeds of the sale of the property, on the market for €180,000, should not go to Halliwell and her daughter Kelly.
After all, they insist the pair were not capable of running a centre that was proven to be filthy, unhygienic and overcrowded.
Dozens of former volunteers slammed the treatment of animals last year, before the Olive Press launched an urgent appeal to help sort out the mess, cutting down the number of animals by 50%.
It came as Junta inspectors demanded the centre improve or close its doors, and for some months improvement works took place and all animals were vaccinated.
But, so serious was the underlying problem that Halliwell is currently being ordered to pay €20,000 by Mijas Town Hall after failing to meet repayments on a loan initially taken out to build kennels. A further €12,000 is due over the next five years.
Halliwell, from Manchester, confirmed the sale last night, saying: “I have to sell the place or it is going to be repossessed, we are going through court at the moment.
“When I was employing staff here two years ago it meant I didn’t have enough money to pay the loan back.”
She insists she will be merely relocating to another location in the Costa del Sol area, with all 80 cats and 52 dogs currently in her possession.
But critics insist Halliwell has shunned help to get the problem sorted out.
“Now she has completely closed down on communicating with anyone,” said Jacqui Ross, owner of Last Chance Animal Rescue, which previously offered a home for all of Halliwell’s dogs.
“Selling the centre is so unfair on the people who have donated to improve it over the years and make it a suitable home for all the animals she has living there.”
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