Re: Shelter closed after visit by RSPCA following complaints AS A lifetime member of St Francis Animal Welfare and an ex-long standing committee member, I was most surprised to read the report that the RSPCA had found breaches of animal welfare laws at the shelter.

I have known the lady concerned since she was employed by the committee nearly 30 years ago and to my knowledge, she has never neglected or been cruel to any animal. I have always found her to be totally dedicated and caring to all animals, including wildlife.

I can not recall on any occasion when animal welfare issues were raised at committee meetings and it was always agreed how great Ann was in caring for all the shelter residents.

Therefore I find it strange that these issues have now been raised and I wonder for what purpose!

MARY WINDEBANK, Bitterne Park, Southampton.