A woman accused of stealing thousands of pounds from a charity she ran has vowed to carry on caring for animals.

Marianne Crowley, from Bradford, was arrested on suspicion of stealing £12,000 from Wildlife Rescue Sanctuaries (WRS) in May, but pledged to keep on fund-raising and caring for animals.

The 57-year-old, who is on police bail pending inquiries into allegations, set up and ran an animal welfare unit and a charity shop.

Detectives have seized the charity’s registered accounts following claims donations of £7,000 and £5,000 to the welfare charity last summer were unaccounted for. Following her arrest, Mrs Crowley pledged to keep running the charity and denied all allegations.

She said: “It won’t stop me – we will carry on. All the books and accounts are with the police and they have said they will trace what happened to this £5,000 and £7,000, which is supposed to have been given to me.

“I’m at the end of my tether with all this and said on Facebook I might close down, but we’ve had hundreds of messages of support saying ‘please keep up the good work’.”

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg of Bradford District CID, said: “A woman from Keighley was arrested on suspicion of theft on Thursday, May 8 and has subsequently been released on police bail.

“The arrest relates to an allegation that £12,000 was stolen from an animal charity between June and the end of July last year.”

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