Animal House

8:00pm Wednesday, May 19 on TV One

Animal House, tonight at 8pm on TV ONE, follows the fascinating and fraught journey of the staff and animals at Auckland’s SPCA headquarters. Featuring the work of the inspectors out on the road as well as in the hospital, the show follows veterinary staff that use their specialist skills each year to give thousands of animals another chance at life with a new owner.

In tonight’s episode SPCA inspector Vicki Border uncovers a macabre scene at a South Auckland farm, with two dead calves in the grounds and seven dogs locked up in filthy kennels.

Border says, “today, I’ve seen the worst conditions I have ever seen dogs living in.”

Horrified by the way in which the animals have been treated she takes them away to be treated by an SPCA vet but her experience leaves her with little expectation that the owner will make permanent changes to the dog’s habitat. “I’ve instructed the owner to build a kennel with runs [for the dogs], with clean water and we are going to work through a cleaning programme with them, but I’m going to be surprised, if [the owner] does comply with my instructions.”

Later Border returns to the farm and is delighted to see some changes have been made, “the owner has kept his word, he’s built an outside area for his dogs and that’s a huge, huge improvement.”

However, Border feels the owner still needs to be punished for the cruel neglect of the animals, and says that while it’s great to see the improvement they are still going to prosecute because the SPCA need to send a message that these types of conditions cannot be tolerated.

Last year over 15,000 animals came to the Auckland SPCA, with record levels reached before Labour Weekend, mostly due to people surrendering their animals before going on holiday.

The SPCA now has a zero tolerance policy which has seen the number of prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act rise an extraordinary 307 per cent in the last year, and the courts have responded with higher fines, reinforcing the message that mistreating animals is unacceptable.

Also in tonight’s episode, a horse is left to fend for itself when its owner disappears; and a cat’s life is in danger after three days of failed rescue attempts.

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Wednesday 12 May, 8pm on One

Animal House follows the fascinating and fraught journey of the staff and animals at Auckland’s SPCA headquarters. Featuring the work of the inspectors out on the road as well as in the hospital, the show follows veterinary staff who use their specialist skills each year to give thousands of animals another chance at life with a new owner.

Last year over 15,000 animals came to the Auckland SPCA, with record levels reached before Labour Weekend, mostly due to people surrendering their animals before going on holiday.

The SPCA now has a zero tolerance policy which has seen the number of prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act rise an extraordinary 307 percent in the last year, and the courts have responded with higher fines reinforcing the message that mistreating animals is unacceptable.

In tonight’s episode, the SPCA gets tough with a cat hoarder who is reluctant to accept help; a terrified dog is rescued from under a house; and a goat mysteriously appears in a suburban garage.

Wednesday 2 April, 8.00pm

Animal House follows the fascinating and often fraught journey of the staff and animals at Auckland’s SPCA headquarters. It features the work of the inspectors out on the road as well as the hospital and veterinary staff who use their specialist skills each year to give thousands of animals another chance at life with a new owner.

In tonight’s episode, the staff of a cemetery finally solve the mystery of who is leaving dead cats in one of the gardens, and a neglected pup needs urgent medical attention.

Wednesday 26 March, 8.00pm

Animal House is back in 2008 for a fourth series highlighting the work of the Auckland SPCA – New Zealand’s largest animal shelter.

Last year over fifteen thousand animals came to the Auckland SPCA, with record levels being reached before Labour weekend, mostly due to people surrendering their animals before going on holiday.
The SPCA now has a zero tolerance policy that has seen the number of prosecutions under the Animal Welfare Act rise an extraordinary 307 per cent in the last year, and the courts have responded with higher fines, reinforcing the message that mistreating animals is unacceptable.

“The work the SPCA does is essential,” says executive producer of the Animal House, Bettina Hollings, “especially in a big city like Auckland where not everyone knows how to appreciate and love their pets. The size of the problem has encouraged the SPCA to bring in a policy of zero tolerance, not hesitating to prosecute if they believe there is a case to be brought under the Animal Welfare Act.”

Animal House is there as people are taken to task for neglecting or mistreating their pets. The show follows the work of the inspectors out on the road as well as the hospital and veterinary staff who use their specialist skills each year to give thousands of animals another chance at life with a new owner.

Cameras are there as they rescue a penguin from dogs on the West Coast; tend to an obese cat who can’t wash itself; and even find a new career for an abandoned Kune Kune pig.

In the fourth season of the show, Hollings remains in awe of the work that the SPCA does. “The staff and volunteers at the SPCA never fail to impress with their unstinting devotion to helping animals in trouble, and caring for them while they wait for adoption.”