Animal 999 returns to STV with brand new episodes

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

Animal 999 brings STV viewers a fascinating insight into the 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.

STV cameras go behind the scenes at SSPCA 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.

Over five new episodes, STV viewers will meet, among many others, Dinky the Shetland pony, who is undergoing rehab at the society’s centre in Aberdeen; a swan with a fisherman’s hook caught in its head; Marley the dog who was mistreated by his previous owner and has been difficult to rehome; and a couple of goats that are causing concern in a garden near Glasgow.

Straight after each episode on STV, new city channel STV Glasgow will broadcast an episode from a previous series. STV Glasgow's daily magazine show, The Riverside Show, will also welcome SSPCA inspectors to the studio for a chat with presenters Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “We look forward to the return of Animal 999, which will bring viewers a new set of fascinating rescue cases and a unique look at the fantastic work carried out by the Scottish SPCA across Scotland. This series continues to be a popular part of the STV schedule and I’m pleased it will now also air on our new STV Glasgow channel. I hope viewers tune in for brand new and classic episodes of this captivating real life series.”

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.”


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