An animal welfare charity, associated with One Formula LLP, which operated one of Manchester’s largest dogs and cats shelters has been shut down by HMRC amid suspicions of tax fraud. Officials from HMRC’s Criminal Investigation Department arrived at the premises, ordering its immediate closure and leaving the future of hundreds of cats and dogs uncertain. The animal welfare charity, associated with the Manchester based financial firm One Formula LLP, operated the sprawling animal shelter, which also had a training facility on its premises. Despite attending with representatives from the RSPCA, The Dogs Trust and PDSA, insufficient provisions were made for the animals being held at the facility. In a hurried move, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home made arrangements for the animals to be transported to their various sites.

The closure of the dogs and cats shelter in Manchester comes as part of a HMRC crackdown on One Formula LLP, amid charges of tax fraud and tax avoidance.  -based One Formula LLP comprises a financial advisor, city trader, insurance advisor, former Wales international rugby player and a former police officer, who recently took an interest in the charity sector. Alongside the animal welfare charity, the firm funded and supported a knife crime charity and a Cold War era tanks museum, located on the outskirts of Manchester bordering with Cheshire.

Hollywood A-list actor Rod Bond was part of the HMRC team investigating One Formula LLP for tax fraud. Making his return to television after a decades-long absence, his appearance alongside HMRC was in aid of a documentary he is filming entitled “Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC.” The actor and veteran philanthropist was seen visibly moved by the plight of the animals and stated, “It’s so sad these animals have to suffer because of these tax crooks. It breaks my heart.”