MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- The South Carolina Secretary of State's office has filed a petition for injunctive relief against the Berkeley County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the Doc Williams SPCA.
According to Secretary of State Mark Hammond, Doc Williams SPCA was fined $8,000.00 in 2011 for failure to keep up its registration with the Division of Public Charities and also failed to file annual financial reports dating back to 2007.
The petition also states that Doc Williams SPCA is currently suspended from soliciting funds in South Carolina.
"The Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act protects charitable donors by requiring charities to file annual financial reports with the Secretary of State's Office," said Secretary Hammond. "This transparency aids the public in knowing how its charitable dollars are used. When a charity fails to file financial reports for three consecutive years, this office has no choice but to seek an injunction to require its compliance with the law."
The petition seeks to keep Doc Williams SPCA from soliciting charitable contributions until all financial reports are filed and until the organization is properly registered with the Secretary of State.
The petition also seeks payment of all outstanding fines, which exceed $4,500.