STV to show second series of Animal 999

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STV will broadcast a second series of Animal 999, starting Friday 28 June at 8pm.

Over 12 brand new episodes, the fascinating series goes behind the scenes of the Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) highlighting the fantastic work carried out by Scotland’s leading animal welfare charity to protect and care for thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals every year.

Once again the organisation opens its doors for this access-all-areas series, allowing STV viewers to follow the dedicated work of its inspectors, rescue officers and rehoming teams as they save and care for abused, abandoned and injured animals all over Scotland.

Among many other intriguing stories, the charity rescues Crunch the baby seal, a bat loses its way and is found in a kitchen sink, inspectors look into an accusation of dog neglect, a swan is struggling after fishing line is caught around its leg, and Corky the horse has been mistreated but is on the road to recovery.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “In this brand new series of Animal 999 we revisit the Scottish SPCA for another exclusive look at their hugely important work to care for Scotland’s animals. The first series was very popular with our viewers highlighting that Scots really love animals. I hope viewers enjoy the second series just as much.”

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “The crew from Animal 999 spent months on the roads and behind the scenes with our inspectors, rescue officers and rehoming teams capturing how we rescue animals from danger and save lives.

“We rely on public support to continue our work and this is a tremendous opportunity to show viewers how dedicated and determined we are to help animals.”

Animal 999 was produced by Demus Productions for STV.

Please note, there will be a break after episode 6. The series will continue with episode 7 on Friday 8 November.


For further information, please contact the STV press office:

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143

Anna Hendry 
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654

Notes to editors

Episode synopsis:

Episode 1

Case a) Lewis Seal – Inspector Calum Watt
Seals are a common sight around Scotland’s coasts, however, there’s a high mortality rate amongst pups. The Western Isles Inspector, Calum Watt is waiting for the ferry from North Uist to dock at Leverburgh on the island of Lewis and Harris to collect a dazed and confused pup found washed up on a beach. After its ordeal and trip on the ferry, will the vet think the pup is well enough to travel almost 300 miles by plane to Glasgow and then by road to the charity’s wildlife rescue centre near Alloa to receive expert treatment? It’s a happy outcome, Crunch the seal received the care and attention it needed to recover and eventually is released at Aberdour beach in Fife for the start of her new journey.

Case b) Tumour Dog – Inspector Gillian Dick
Inspector Gillian Dick is responding to a claim that a man isn’t looking after his Jack Russell terrier, Duke. Gillian’s having trouble getting in, but when she eventually does, it’s clear why the Scottish SPCA have been called. 13 year old Duke has a growth the size of a football on his side and urgently needs to see a vet. It’s not good news, the tumour is in-operable and Duke has to be put to sleep. It’s a sad end for Duke, and a lesson for his owner who is served with an animal welfare notice.

Case c) Utility Room Cat – Animal Rescue Officer Connie O’Neill
We’re on the road with Animal Rescue Officer Connie O’Neill. She’s facing a tricky situation where the fur might fly! A home owner found a stray cat in her utility room and the cat’s not happy. The cat attacked her five year old daughter and kitten Rollo and made a complete mess of the utility room. How is Connie going to evict this unwelcome visitor? Thankfully the tomcat isn’t in the mood to hang around and after some persuasion from Connie, it dashes out of the back door.

Episode 2 

Case a) Fishcross Wildlife Centre
Red foxes are one of the animals most closely associated with the countryside in Scotland. We’ll be visiting the SSPCA’s Wildlife Centre in Fishcross to follow the story of a female fox cub along with other cubs being cared for by the staff at the centre. These critters look loveable… but because of the way they’ve been cared for by staff they’re as wild as they can be. It’s a long road, our female cub has a mild case of nappy rash, her eyes aren’t open yet and she will need to be weaned. After about three months she’ll end up in a grassy paddock before being released into woodland along with the other foxes, and we’ll be with her every step of the way.

Case b) Hedgehogs – Animal Rescue Officer Simon Wharton
Animal Rescue Officer Simon Wharton is in Bonar Bridge near Inverness where he’s investigating a thorny issue! Three hedgehogs have been caught up in football nets in a garden. It’s a happy ending for two of the hedgehogs but the third one looks as if he might be in real trouble and needs to be examined by a vet. The mesh had caused wounds around its head which had become infested by maggots… but after three days of treatment he’s doing fine. It’s been a lucky escape, and he’ll soon be strong enough to be released.

Case c) Dog Neglect – Senior Inspector Nicki Scott
Senior Inspector Nicki Scott’s following up a call claiming that a German Shepherd dog is being kept on the 17th floor of a high rise and is never walked. Owner Margaret can’t understand why anyone would complain about 18 month old Major. The dog looks in good condition and Nicki has seen nothing to suggest Major is not being looked after property, but something else she’s spotted does…..!

Case d) Tunnel Pigeon – Animal Rescue Officer Connie O’Neill
Thousands of Feral pigeons roost in undersides of railway bridges, but sometimes even these hardy creatures can get into bother. There’s been a call about one being injured near a tunnel close to Murrayfield Rugby Stadium in Edinburgh. It’s next to a busy road so Animal Rescue Officer Connie will have to find the pigeon quickly if it’s to avoid serious injury by one of the passing vehicles.

Episode 3

Case a) Cygnet – Senior Inspector Bill Little
On a pond in Easterhouse in Glasgow, Senior Inspector Bill Little and animal rescue officers Ashley Griffin and Joanna Boyle are trying to find a baby swan that might have swallowed a fishing hook and line. They need to find the bird quickly since swallowing fishing tackle can be fatal to a swan. While Bill and Ashley get their wet suits on and get into the boat, Joanna is standing by ready to hook the cygnet if it appears on her side. Experienced Inspector Bill catches the cygnet and takes it to the vet. It won’t be long before Bill knows whether or not our cygnet is going to survive.

Case b) Bat – Animal Rescue Officer Karen Hogg
The Scottish SPCA deal with many different species of winged animals, however it’s quite unusual to take calls about bats… But that’s exactly what’s facing animal rescue officer Karen Hogg in the Dyce area of Aberdeen. Karen finds a sleeping Pipistrelle bat in a kitchen sink. The bat seems to be healthy so animal rescue officer Karen is happy to release it.

Case c) Spaniels - Senior Inspector Billy Linton
Garden junk can be very harmful to pets. Exposed nails and dangerous debris can inflict nasty injuries to paws and inquisitive noses. Inspector Billy Linton is investigating a complaint that dogs living at an address in Castlemilk in Glasgow are at risk because of the mess in a garden. The dog owner doesn’t look too happy about Billy’s visit - will he be able to convince him he’s keeping his dogs safe from harm in the garden?

Case d) Baby Gull – Animal Rescue Officer Alistair Hill
The charity receives lots of calls about gulls people think are injured because, like this one, they are on the ground and not flying. Usually the reason is simple; the gull is a fledgling that isn’t ready to spread its wings. Alistair reckons that’s what’s happened here. He decides to take it to a quieter part of town, but the adult gulls aren’t happy.

Episode 4 

Case a) Corky – Drumoak SSPCA Centre (Graeme Innes)
The Scottish SPCA’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak near Aberdeen is run with military precision by manager Graeme Innes (who was in the army for more than 20 years with the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and led Princess Diana’s funeral cortege). Graeme is now using all those Army skills to make sure his latest arrival Corky, a nine year old horse abandoned by his owner, gets the best care he can. We will follow his rehab and rehoming to an idyllic farmhouse setting near Oldmeldrum and also find out whether Corky’s stable mate, a little Shetland Pony, might be pregnant. Will there be the patter of tiny hooves?

Case b) Dog Neglect – Inspector Jenni Surgeon
Inspector Jenni Surgeon is making a return visit to an address in Armadale in West Lothian because of claims that a dog never gets taken for walks. The dog in question is a young Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Rambo. Rambo has taken over the house, nothing is off limits to this turbo charged young staffy. Rambo seems to use his mouth and teeth to get attention and it’s a habit that will have to be broken.
Case c) Baby Hare – Inspector Leanne McPake
Inspector Leanne McPake has been called to a house where there’s been a rather unusual animal rescue. The owner of the house has rescued a leveret (baby hare) who has been sadly orphaned after its mother was run over by a car. Leanne takes the traumatised leveret to the Scottish SPCA’s wildlife centre in Fishcross, his only chance of survival. Leverets are notoriously difficult to hand rear, and although initially looking good, he begins to refuse food. Sadly, there is only one outcome for this cute baby.

Episode 5 

Case a) Guillemots – Animal Rescue Officer Bob Ward 
This is St Andrews, best known for its world famous golf courses. There won’t be any golf played today as gale force winds rip across the shores and wreak havoc with the birdlife. Guillemots have been blown from the sea onto beaches at St Andrews.  A concerned local has already scooped up some of the birds and taken them to safety until Animal Rescue Officer Bob Ward collects them. He takes the injured birds to the Wildlife Centre at Fishcross where they will be cared for until the lucky survivors are released.

Case b) Cat Neglect – Billy Linton
In Glasgow’s Possil area, Senior Inspector Billy Linton is waiting to talk to the owner of a cat allegedly abandoned in a flat. The charity has had to take the cat away a couple of times so Billy knows the owner. The last time Billy called the flat was full of rubbish and the cat called Mozart had to be removed. But, there’s been a vast improvement with food and water and a cat blanket for Mozart to curl up in and the moggy seems happy. Billy will keep an eye on the situation.

Case c) School Seagull – Animal Rescue Officer Connie O’Neill
The society has had a call from the headmaster of a primary school near Edinburgh Airport. An injured seagull is wandering about the playground. Seagulls are a sizeable part of the SSPCA’s casework. They are attracted to cities and towns by the easy access to food litter but often they become grounded after a hit and run or some other accident. Injured gulls can be vicious so Connie will have to be careful… Sadly the gull’s injuries are too severe and Connie has to put the bird to sleep.

Case d) Dog Neglect – Senior Inspector Andy Brown
Senior Inspector Andy Brown is making a visit to a home he’s been called to before in Kingussie. There’s been another allegation that a puppy, Luna, isn’t being taken out for any walks by its owner. The flat is a mess. Cushions have been ripped apart and there’s dog poo on the couch and floor. Luna’s owner is adamant the animal is being walked and Andy gives the owner the benefit of the doubt with a warning to clean up the flat. Andy went back the following week and the flat was spotless. He is content that Luna will now have a happier home to grow up in.

Episode 6 

Case a) Honey – Alan Grant
We follow the story of Honey the Lurcher. Honey was found abandoned on a beach in Ayr. She was in a bad way, obviously hadn’t eaten for a long time and was just skin and bone. Honey was taken to the SSPCA’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Cardonald to get the care and attention she needed. Happily, Honey recovered from her ordeal and is a happy, healthy, loving dog and has now been rehomed with a family that love her.

Case b) Corn Snake – Lee Williams
Scottish SPCA Animal Rescue Officer Lee Williams has been called to a house in Edinburgh. The owners have found a Snake in their front garden. The family needn’t worry about it being dangerous; Lee identifies the snake as a Corn Snake, which are popular pets and are a docile species of snake. The family have taken a liking to their new friend and if no one claims the lost snake t they might make enquiries themselves to rehome it. A revisit some months later sees the corn snake has not found a new home and along with 16 other homeless reptiles at the Scottish SPCA centre, they explain why it’s hard to find new homes for abandoned reptiles.

Case c) Cats & Bugs – Jenni Surgeon
Inspector Jenni Surgeon has been called to a house in Livingston to investigate a claim of cat neglect. Initially nobody is home, but Jenni gets the low down from neighbours. Just as she is about to leave the vicinity, someone turns up with a box of cat food and litter. It seems somebody does care enough to feed the cats…. However, it’s a chaotic situation, the owner has moved out and a family member pops in to feed the cats. Although the cats are in good health, their living conditions are not good. This one requires some strong advice from Jenni about animal welfare.

Case d) Decking Dog – Stacey Erwin
Inspector Stacey Erwin is called to a house in Bargeddie near Glasgow after a complaint that Billy the dog is tethered on decking in a back garden for long stretches at a time. No wonder the dog is barking a lot, it is surrounded by its own poo. Stacey tells the owner this is not acceptable and realises the owner is doing his best for the dog, but just needs some pointers. Hopefully this will be the end of it.