“Alan Davies adds great warmth to this wonderful series which is both heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time. I’m delighted Channel 5’s viewers loved it so much that we can bring it back and continue to get the people of Britain behind the good work of rescuing and rehoming dogs”. – Greg Barnett, Commissioning Editor at Channel 5
The second series of The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies, hit a series high of 1.7m/8.6% share Channel 5 note. 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. 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 England and Wales every year, and witnesses the struggle to rehabilitate the victimised animals and to prosecute the offenders.
Over Christmas, viewers will be brought up to date with the stories of the dogs rescued by the inspectors during series two. As host Alan Davies throws a Christmas party for the series stars, he takes a look back on some of the stories featured; including Oslo the Husky saved by the vets at Harmsworth Hospital, Tyson the Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescued from living on a scrap heap and Minnie the over anxious Leonberger cross. He’ll also be telling the incredible story of Eddie a German Shepherd cross, who managed to survive incredible neglect in a story dubbed “The Miracle of Christmas”. Plus we’ll meet the RSPCA’s Derek Hampson aka Santa Paws as he hands out presents to unhomed rescue dogs across the England and Wales.
Broadcast details will be announced shortly.