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Animal 999 returns for brand new series on STV

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STV will broadcast six brand new episodes of access-all-areas series Animal 999, starting Friday 11 April at 2000.

In the third series, viewers are given a fascinating insight into the fantastic work carried out by Scotland’s leading animal welfare charity, Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), to protect and care for thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals every year.

As the organisation opens its doors for STV’s cameras, we 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 cases in the new series, viewers meet Tava the dog, who has been mistreated and needs rehoming; tiny seal pup Sponge, who hasn’t figured out how to feed herself; and elderly whippets Brooke and Chevy, who are inseparable and in need of a new home.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “I hope viewers enjoy the return of this popular series to the STV schedule, with a new set of fascinating rescue cases and a unique look behind the scenes as Scottish SPCA goes above and beyond for Scotland’s animals.”

Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Animal 999 is a fantastic way to show the Scottish public our tremendous and often challenging work rescuing and rehoming abused, abandoned and injured animals in Scotland. The series shows the wide variety of investigations, rescues and call outs carried out and attended by our inspectors and rescue officers, ranging from allegations of mistreatment and neglect to sick and injured wildlife needing our help.

“Some of the stories are very sad because animals are suffering but we are there for them and the Animal 999 team follow us every step of the way, capturing the highs, lows and full range of emotions. There is nothing better than seeing a rescue pet leaving our rehoming centres with their loving new owners or wild animals being returned fit and healthy to their natural habitats.

“Even though we deal with many cases of cruelty to animals, overall Scotland is still a nation of animal lovers and that’s why Animal 999 is such a popular show.”