Horse charity HAPPA takes website offline
Action comes day after CBC report on oversight and accountability issues
A Newfoundland charity that was the subject of a CBC Investigates report on Tuesday has taken its website offline.
As of Wednesday morning, visitors to Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA) site were greeted with a message that said “Forbidden … You don't have permission to access / on this server.”
The website was also soliciting and accepting donations.
“Our organization is a registered charitable organization which operates the Hopeall sanctuary,” the website’s main page said on Tuesday, before it was taken down.
“Our budget is lean and all funds raised through donations go directly to providing care for our horses and ponies.”
In an interview last week, HAPPA president Dennis Bishop told CBC Investigates that the group is now handling animal welfare cases in the field.
But former board members are raising questions about spending and accountability at the charity.