California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Wednesday sued a Los Angeles-based animal rescue and adoption agency for allegedly misleading donors and unlawfully soliciting donations.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names Little Love Rescue and Brittany Littleton, its founder and director, alleging the nonprofit ought donations without being registered with the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.
The agency also allegedly misrepresented the condition of rescued animals in order to get donations through online platforms, including littleloverescue.org, Instagram, Facebook and GoFundMe, according to the lawsuit.
Littleton could not immediately be reached for comment on the lawsuit, which seeks to dissolve Little Love Rescue and prevent her from operating any charitable corporation, organization, or trust in California.
Becerra also issued a cease-and-desist order prohibiting Little Love Rescue from soliciting donations.
“Unfortunately, charity rip-offs abound,” Becerra said in a statement. “Brittany Littleton ran her operation for years without ever complying with the law. Today’s lawsuit should serve as a warning to other organizations seeking to operate as nonprofits and those using social media to fundraise — don’t expect to break the law and get away with it.”
Littleton once falsely misrepresented to donors that a dog named Luna needed spinal surgery and another time untruthfully said Little Love Rescue was tax-exempt, the lawsuit alleges.
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