The Dog Rescuers

01-Aug-2013
Contact: Julie Miller 020 8612 7751

Coming soon to Channel 5, The Dog Rescuers a Middlechild and GroupM Entertainment production that follows the canine rescue work of the RSPCA across England and Wales.

 

With over 1.3 million reports of cruelty and mistreatment of animals made to the RSPCA every year, the charity is under increasing pressure to safeguard our nation’s pets from the constant threat of abusive owners and unscrupulous breeders. This series follows those inspectors and officers that deal with ensuring man’s best friend is being properly treated. Using the latest forensic technologies and good old fashioned leg work, the series follows the RSPCA inspectors as they track down and rescue some of the 150,000 animals which are abused and mistreated in the UK every year, and witnesses the struggle to rehabilitate the victimised animals and to prosecute the offenders.

 

Channel 5 gained access to a selected group of the RSPCA’s 350 inspectors across the country for four months, and our cameras followed inspectors investigating crimes of abuse against dogs and puppies in rural areas and inner cities, as poor living conditions, malnutrition, illegal mass-breeding, organised fights are eradicated all in the aid of saving dogs’ lives.

 

Despite the sometimes horrific findings, the 10 x 30’ series has positivity at its heart as it will also follow some of the RSPCA’s success stories as they seek to rehabilitate and eventually rehouse some of the 12,000 dogs which the charity rehomes every year.

 

David Sumnall, Series Producer commented: “We are a nation of dog lovers but over 50% of RSPCA's prosecutions last year were for cases involving abuse to dogs, so I think this is a really important series. We've been able to highlight the plight of these animals and show the incredible work that is being done to rescue and rehome them. It has been tough to witness the neglect at times but to be there as the dogs and puppies are saved and to see them with their new families has made it all worth it."

 

Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Daytime & Soaps said: “This series will have a tremendous impact on all those that watch. Some of the circumstances and conditions in which the RSPCA inspectors find dogs is unbelievably horrible. We’re trying to get as many dogs rehoused in loving homes as possible across the series run, putting the heart back into having a family pet and thereby giving four legged friends in need a second chance.”

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

10 x 30 episodes in series

Series Producer is David Sumnall from Middlechild Productions. The series is exec produced by Tony Moulsdale/Melanie Darlaston for GroupM Entertainment

 

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Julie Miller Publicity Manager, Channel 5

T: 020 8612 7751 E: julie.miller@five.tv

 

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