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State shutters 2 horse rescuers

State shutters 2 horse rescuers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Attorney General is shutting down two horse rescue operations because of mismanagement.

According to a 17-count lawsuit filed in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court the Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section found that the owner of Frog Pond Farm, in Cambridge, misappropriated donated funds and Serenity Horse Rescue, in Tipp City, was mismanaged.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Frog Pond Farm was incorporated in March of 2004 and solicited donations from the public to buy or otherwise rescues horses slated for slaughter, care for them and try to find adoptive homes.

The lawsuit claims that Frog Pond owner Lisa Gordon “used the organization’s bank account as if it were her own” and diverted nearly $50,000 between 2011 and 2013. The suit also alleges that Gordon failed to register with the Attorney General’s Office from 2004 to 2012.

The suit asks Gordon to pay back the money that was used for personal purposes and to distribute Frog Pond’s assets to a similar charity.

DeWine says Shula Woodworth has agreed to dissolve Serenity Horse Rescue and redistribute its assets after an investigation found that the charity was not managed properly. According to an assurance of discontinuance filed in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Woodworth agrees to turn over all the operation’s assets, including a $6,430 payment, to other horse rescue organizations.

DeWine says anyone who encounters a suspicious charity or solicitations should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to file a complaint.

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