Roice-Hurst Donation Problems

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A local organization that we here at 11 News donate our time to
may have violated state law.

According to state records, the Roice Hurst Humane Society should not have been accepting donations for the last three weeks.

The animal shelter has been asking for your help to keep its doors open and you responded to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Roice-Hurst Board Members say it's challenging to run a non–profit with a small staff and a growing pet population.

They say when they got asuspension notice from the state they were confused. They say they did nothing wrong, except misunderstand state rules.

Roice–Hurst Humane Society is the only no–kill shelter in the valley. A week and a half ago it called for help and the community answered.
Kids, adults and businesses raising money to help the shelter stay open. They raised tens of thousands of dollars in cash and pet supplies.

But the Colorado Secretary of State's office says the non–profit should not have taken any donations.

"Once they receive a suspension notice, they should not be soliciting any donations," Secretary of State Spokesman Rich Coolidge told 11 News over the phone.

He says the non–profit did not file it's annual report. The agency says it sent three delinquent notices then a final suspension.

"It's important they file those so Coloradoans can go on the website and see where non-profits get there money from and where it goes,"
said Coolidge.

Until non-profits send in their reports, Coolidge says any collection is against the law.

He says the non–profit's president could be charged with a misdemeanor for every donation.

"We try to dot our I's and cross our T's but things happen," said Georgia Holt, a Roice-Hurst Board Member.

Holt says the animal shelter filed for an extension with the IRS, but didn't ask the state for the same extension and that's what's landed them in hot water.

"Any organization can have bumps, but it's trying to fix them and make sure it doesn't happen again," said Holt.

Roice–Hurst says the most important thing is the animals.

"The community has been behind us and I think they understand what's really important. We're doing the best we can to take care of the animals and the need," said Holt.

Because if the shelter board and employees don't keep the animals fed and off the streets, they wonder who will.

The Secretary of State's Office says Roice-Hurst is now in compliance with the law.

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