Clive Byles, Director of Operations at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which misrepresented the nature of a bequest that had been made to the organisation. The complainant was further concerned that the newspaper had failed to explain the reasons behind the charity’s decision to euthanize an animal that had been owned by the donor. In the view of Wood Green, readers would have been misled by the coverage in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice.
The newspaper acknowledged that Wood Green was unaware of the legacy when it when the animal arrived in its care and the decision to euthanize was based purely on welfare concerns.
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper amended the online article and issued a private letter of apology to the charity for the distress caused to the staff.