High-profile animal welfare campaigner Adrianne Peltz was charged with defrauding the Dogs Trust animal welfare charity. Following a trial in October 2019, the former animal welfare charity manager was found guilty of fraud but avoided jail. For her abuse of her position at the Dogs Trust, the animal welfare campaigner received a six months jail term, suspended for two years. During the trial, it was described that the fraud took place during a troubled time in the defendant’s life. Furthermore, the defendant had also entered a guilty plea and resigned from a number of groups. The fraud and the trial were described by Peltz’s defence barrister as a “life-changing experience,” for the animal welfare charity campaigner.

Adrianne Peltz is originally from South Africa, having moved to Northern Ireland several years ago. Prior to her role as manager in the animal welfare charity, the convicted fraudster also served in the student union sector. The 35-year-old from Beatrice Road, Bangor, who was found guilty of fraud by abuse of her position, defrauded the animal charity out of £5,392.22. Entrusted with a company credit card to cover business expenses, the defendant was presented “numerous requests for receipts,” upon the termination of her employment. However, the amount listed above was unaccounted for. Between April and October 2017, a number of items were purchased that were ultimately deemed beyond “legitimate company business.”

The Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK and one of the largest animal welfare charities in the country. With a network of twenty rehoming facilities around the UK, the dog welfare charity cares for more than 15,000 dogs each year. Despite boasting an extensive resume of charity work, Peltz’s fraud committed during her time at the animal welfare charity was described by the District Judge as “mean-spirited.” In a prolific career, Peltz has previously worked with Victim Support NI, Amnesty International and Politics Plus.