Noel Fitzpatrick, star of UK pubcaster Channel 4′s The Supervet, is shining a light on animal cruelty in C4′s upcoming Animal Rescue Live: Supervet Special.
In Animal Rescue Live, Fitzpatrick and his team — Steve Jones and Kate Quilton — work to rehome animals while imploring viewers to donate much-needed money to support shelters. The series also tackles “puppy mills,” where puppies are sometimes denied access to light, space and freedom of movement, and where many will die as a result of infection and genetic deformities. Those that remain unsold are often dumped.
Additionally, Fitzpatrick is subjecting himself to some of the same treatment pets face, including stressful, cramped cages that farmed dogs have to be transported in in the backs of vans on their way to places of sale.
“There is a silent crisis happening right under our noses — a dark secret in the otherwise joyful world of dogs,” said Fitzpatrick in a statement. “Tens of thousands of puppies are farmed and transported across the UK to be sold to unknowing families. Too young, too weak, too sick. They are woefully neglected and afraid. No one should be brought into the world in this way, without love and without certainty, with more care for the profit and not the pup. I want to show everyone this terrible journey from their eyes, travelling and experiencing the conditions and fears a young puppy would face. The more people know about this reality the more we can work together to stop puppy farming forever.”
The special is a Blast! Films production. Series producer is Richard Park, Ed Coulthard and Dermot Caulfield serving as executive producers. The series was commissioned for Channel 4 by Tim Hancock, commissioning editor for features and formats.
Animal Rescue Live premieres on Channel 4 in August.