Episode 19 Animal 24:7


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Episode 19

Inspector Ian Burns tries to persuade a cat lover to part with some of his collection, and the tragic story of Dougie, the greyhound who had both his ears cruelly cut off.


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Britain's animals are under threat.

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All too often, our wildlife and pets are victims of cruelty,

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persecution and neglect.

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Fighting to save them is a dedicated band of people caring for them around the clock.

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This is Animal 24:7.

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'Today, on Animal 24:7,

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'a sickening act of animal cruelty.'

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The amount of pain that must have had associated with it

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must have been absolutely horrendous.

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'Rescue for the family of cats living in an Aladdin's cave.'

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These cats, some of them have cat flu and that ain't good enough.

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I didn't know they had cat flu.

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And I'll be digging in to help a family of badgers find a new home.

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Britain is a nation of collectors,

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from stamps to old coins,

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vintage comics or classic cars.

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It can be a rewarding hobby,

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but when the collector chooses animals, problems can soon arise.

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'This small house near Bath

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'has become overrun with a colony of breeding cats.

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'There are adults and kittens in every corner of the home and garden.

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'It's a situation that can soon get out of hand.

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'Inspector Ian Burns needs to talk to the cats' owner, Keith Murgatay.'

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Hello. I want to have a chat to you about your kittens. Can we come in?

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'It's clear the cats aren't the only thing Keith's collecting.'

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Cor! You've got some stuff in here!

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'It's semi-organised chaos,

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'an Aladdin's cave of statues, toys,

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'magazines, videos, wind chimes and trinkets.'

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What do you do, then? Do you sell any of this or just collect it all?

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-I used to do boot sales.

-Are there not many around?

-No.

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'And amongst Keith's car boot bounty are cats - lots of cats.'

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Give me a rough estimate how many cats you've got.

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I've got... I don't know, about five, six.

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I've got that cat. That's my other cat there.

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That's another cat down there. And that's my ginger cat.

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-How many kittens have you got?

-Quite a few. 11 kittens.

-11.

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'In total, there are 11 kittens

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'and six adults, but it doesn't stop there.

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'Ian thinks some may be pregnant.

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'Keith's collection could grow even further.'

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I feed 'em regular. I'm not starving them.

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-I'm not ill-treating them.

-I know you're not ill-treating them.

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I like the company. Cats are company to me.

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'Keith loves his cats but the way they're being kept

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'is simply not good enough.

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'All the cats are unvaccinated, several have infected eyes

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'and are showing signs of a spreading illness.'

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These cats, some of them have cat flu.

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-And that ain't good enough.

-I didn't know they had cat flu on 'em.

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-Because you've got so many.

-Yeah.

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'Allowing these cats to breed at will

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'has left them at risk, which Keith is struggling to see.'

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-I am coping.

-You're not coping cos you've got kittens everywhere.

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You've got too many cats.

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'If disease and further breeding is to be halted,

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'Ian needs to act quickly.'

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I want to take the kittens so they can all be checked,

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all be vaccinated and all be homed.

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That's what I want to do. Are you happy with that?

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'Keith agrees, but wants to negotiate.'

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I want the ginger kitten and that little blue. I just like the colour.

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I've always wanted a pure ginger cat and I ain't got one.

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'Keith is treating his animals as collectables.

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'It's trying Ian's patience, but he'll have to work with this owner.'

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I don't barter and do things like that.

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We let you keep that ginger one, OK? We get it neutered and checked.

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But I'm not coming back in 12 months and we're back to square one.

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-I don't want no more kittens.

-Right.

-I'm trying not to have them.

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'The deal is struck. Keith will keep the ginger kitten and four adults,

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'on condition he gets them neutered. Ian will take the rest away.

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'If he can find them!

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'Somewhere under all of this are 16 cats.'

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-The trouble is, it's not easy to jump round.

-I've got nowhere...

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I'm not being rude, but you're a bit cluttered.

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'Ian spots one and makes his move.'

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-I've got one.

-No. You're not taking that one.

-Why?

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That's my ginger cat. You can't have my ginger.

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'The search continues, but only reveals adults.

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'The only kitten around...'

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-Shall I have the ginger one?

-No.

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'..is the one Ian can't have.'

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-What about the ones outside?

-Yeah. They're easier. Let's try them.

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'Two kittens make a break for it.'

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One...two...

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'The back garden is littered with cats.'

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Can you carry that one out this way, Keith?

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'Three are caught. The rest continue their game of hide and seek.'

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Gentle. Don't get yourself cut.

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'Kitten four is quickly followed by number five.'

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-That's another kitten.

-Well done. Like that. Well done.

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'For now, that's all that Ian is going to get.

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'He'll have to come back for the rest.

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'Ian is determined to put an end to this cat collection, however long it takes.'

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We're aiming for this time next week you just have six cats left.

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These are all happy and we're done, then I'm going on holiday.

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Where are you going?

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'Still to come, Keith has a change of heart.'

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-We said five, didn't we?

-You said six.

-We said five.

-Six.

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Four and two kittens. This is not an auction.

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'And how will this posse of badgers settle into their new home?'

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There are now three badgers. One's joined in here.

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They seem to be engaging in a bit of home improvements.

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Sometimes, the RSPCA encounter cases of cruelty

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that not only require hours in surgery to save the animal's life,

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but they're so callous they shock the most experienced inspectors.

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At a vet's in the northeast, they've admitted a dog named Dougie.

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His story shocked everyone who's met him.

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'This is Dougie, a three-year-old racing greyhound

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'and a shocking victim of animal cruelty.'

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Such a canny dog.

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'In a barbaric and brutal act, Dougie had both his ears cut off.'

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The amount of pain that must have had associated with it

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is absolutely horrendous.

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'Vet John Prescott has stitched the wounds

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'and Dougie is no longer distressed.'

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Such a nice dog, after what he's been through.

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'A week ago, it was a different story.

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'Dougie was found at night dumped by the side of the road,

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'bound and gagged with electrical tape,

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'bleeding profusely from his ears.

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'He'd been left for dead.

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'A member of the public rushed him to the vet's,

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'where he underwent a long and complicated operation.

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'Remarkably, he survived.'

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-Is he eating OK?

-He's eating fine.

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He's just started to pick up his eating.

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Good.

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'Such cruelty may be hard to comprehend,

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'but John believes he may know why someone removed Dougie's ears.

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Akin to all racing greyhounds,

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he'll have had identification in the form of ear tattoos.

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Somebody has wanted to get rid of him

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without his origins being traceable.

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They've opted to hack his ears off.

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The first ear, horrendous.

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For a dog in that degree of upset, that terrified in that much pain,

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to then have a second ear hacked off is absolutely horrendous.

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'Whether the intention was to dump him or kill him,

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'someone wanted to make sure, when found, Dougie wouldn't be traced.

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'Despite his ordeal, Dougie appears to be a fighter.

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'John is amazed with his progress.'

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He's doing brilliantly.

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He's absolutely smashing.

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The nursing staff all adore him, so he's not short on attention.

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Clinically, he's doing very nicely.

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It's never going to be an aesthetic wound he's got, but he'll be fine.

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'Although Dougie seems to be recovering,

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'cruelty such as this cannot be ignored.

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'The RSPCA has been called in to investigate who's responsible for this sickening act.

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'Inspector Ian Smith is heading up the investigation.'

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-Morning, Ian. How are you?

-Very well.

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-How's Dougie doing?

-Smashing. He's settling in brilliantly.

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We've no problems with him at all. He's such a canny dog.

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-His ears?

-Nothing there. They've dried up beautifully.

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He's going to go on great.

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'Despite Ian's years of experience as an investigator,

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'it's difficult to understand the scale of this cruelty.'

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It must have been horrific for him. I'm really very angry.

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That someone in this day and age can do this, which is unacceptable,

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it's unnecessary and unforgivable, really.

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How they can sleep at night,

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I have no idea, they must have no conscience whatsoever.

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'The RSPCA's first step to finding who did this to Dougie

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'is to appeal for witnesses in the local press.

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'Today, Ian has come back to the scene to search for clues.'

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There's no signs of any blood or anything.

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There's been a small amount of rain that may have washed away.

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There's no real clues.

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Somebody may have seen something that may give a clue,

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but there's nothing physical or visible at all.

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'So far, no-one has come forward with any information.

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'The greyhound community is a close-knit one

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'and Ian gets in contact with officials.'

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I wonder if you can help. I'm Ian Smith, an inspector with the RSPCA Northumberland...

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'He hopes they'll be able to help with the complicated investigation.'

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Not a bad bone in their body, and they do stuff like this!

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'Ian is told the details of all racing greyhounds are on a national database.'

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It's the best bit of news I've had.

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'But that's not all.

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'Many have had their DNA taken.

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'These details are also stored with the names of breeders and owners.

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'This could be the breakthrough Ian has been searching for.'

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He's going to have the DNA sent to Ireland.

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Takes its time but, at the end of the day, we'll wait.

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As long as we get something on this through other contacts he's got...

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Er... I'm optimistic.

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'But there is still a long way to go, and no guarantee Dougie's DNA will be held.'

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I feel a lot more buoyant today than I did yesterday.

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The dog could be passed on several times from its breeder.

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But it's a start,

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having somewhere for us to go.

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'In the meantime, Ian will keep up the pressure to uncover any clues

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'as to who was responsible for this brutal attack.

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'Coming up...'

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People have actually come forward anonymously

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and I've managed to find who I suspect has been the owner.

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'And the rescued kittens finally see the light.'

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They've got horrible conjunctivitis.

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When you get a lot of cats in a household they usually get cat flu.

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Most of us need to dig ourselves out of a hole now and then.

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A family of orphaned badgers have the opposite problem - they need to find one.

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I'll be joining the team from Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

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as they try to build the perfect sett for this new family.

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'It's spring at Tiggywinkles,

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'and patients who've been in over the winter

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'are lining up to get back to the wild.

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'The aim is always to return rescued animals

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'back to where they came from.

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'Today, it's the turn of some special inmates

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'who are up for release.

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'Meet the centre's latest posse of badgers,

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'all rescued independently, who have formed their own family unit.

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'I'm helping wildlife manager Les Stocker get them on their way.

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'That's not as easy as it sounds.'

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It looks fierce in terms of security at the moment.

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Badgers go through anything. They are nature's bulldozers.

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'They may look soft and cuddly, but these guys punch above their weight.

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'Les handles them with caution - and a few essential tools.'

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Is this all for catching them up?

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Yes. We've got graspers.

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-One of these?

-Yeah. A grasper. Put it around the neck to catch it.

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-You keep the badger at arm's length. Is that important?

-Yes.

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They've got this locking jaw. It doesn't separate.

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I think they've got more bite than a crocodile.

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-Our badger's toughest of them all.

-The badger could have 'em?

-Any day!

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'With these tough customers, back-up's required.

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'I find it hard to believe something so cute can be so ferocious.'

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They're gorgeous. Look at them all snuggled up.

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'Badgers easily get stressed.

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'This needs to be done quickly and efficiently.'

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They get a fairly agricultural shove up the bum to move them along!

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Here comes one!

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In you go. I've got one.

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He don't like that.

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-First one in.

-I got one.

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'Number two needs a little assistance.'

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Well done.

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They look cuddly but they don't smell too cute close up.

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'Within minutes, all six badgers are ready to go.'

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Just when you think they're not going to go, "I'll go straight in!"

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Badgers don't do what they're told. They do what they want.

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A job I thought I'd never have - being a removal man for badgers.

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'In the wild, strangers aren't welcome in established families.

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'In captivity, badgers bond together to form new family units.'

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One, two, three...

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'These six have been welcome lodgers for ten months,

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'but they need a home of their own.

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'I'm interested to see

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'how Les plans to start them on the first foot of the housing ladder.

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'In this field, a short drive from the sanctuary,

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'Les has grand designs for the badgers' starter home.

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'Rather than leave them to fend for themselves,

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'we're building them an artificial sett.'

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That's pretty good, isn't it?

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What are the key requirements for a nice home for a badger?

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Basically, if they're in seclusion, away from everything, in woodland,

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nice drainage, somewhere where they can make themselves at home.

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'Now it's time to get to work.

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'The builders have dug the three-foot deep foundations,

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'so I've got the easy task of making the beds.'

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-Where do you want this, Les?

-Just throw it in.

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They'll get underneath it. They do like making their own bed.

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'I can't resist trying it out for comfort.'

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-LES LAUGHS

-It works.

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I don't need any on top!

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'It's not long before I'm back on the job.

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'I've got a feeling there are going to be no tea breaks.

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'It's beginning to take shape.

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'The sett is almost complete.'

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We're putting up a fence round the hole so we can release the badgers.

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They can run into the hole and get a feel of what's around.

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They might move on, but it's good enough to stay!

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-Let's get our guests, see if they like it.

-Yep.

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'Now, it's crunch time.

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'Will the badgers take to their new home?

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'While Les and I bring the badgers, the team take up their positions

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'around the enclosure, to help coax the badgers into the sett.'

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-You've had these guys for ten months.

-A long time. Yes.

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Come on. Out you go.

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David, just guide him.

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'The best made plans have flaws.

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'The first badger makes a beeline for the woods.'

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Great(!)

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'There's a good chance he'll rejoin the family

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'once we're out of the way.

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'The next goes according to plan.'

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Yes!

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'With some gentle persuasion and a bit of exploration...'

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-He's studying every bit, apart from where the hole is.

-I know!

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'..they all venture into their new home.'

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That's the way, my boy!

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'As the badgers bed down for their first night back in the wild,

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'it's almost time for us to make tracks.

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'I can't resist a final peep.'

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We've rigged a little camera underground in the sett.

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I can't keep my eyes off it. There are three badgers.

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One's joined in here.

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They seem to be engaging in a bit of home improvements.

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It's great to see them below ground.

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It's nice to know that tonight they might be foraging in these woods.

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'Still to come, Dougie the greyhound gets the life he deserves.'

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It's touched people's hearts to know that someone could do that,

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but he's settled in really well.

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Now, we're back to Bath, where RSPCA inspector Ian Burns

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is trying to prevent car boot salesman Keith Murgatay from being overrun with cats.

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There are 17 cats and kittens living in Keith's house.

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Many have serious eye infections and are showing signs of cat flu.

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Ian's already removed five,

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now he's determined to take away some more.

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'It's 24 hours since Ian was last here,

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'and owner Keith has been waiting.

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'He hasn't slept and he's not happy.'

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-You upset me yesterday.

-What do you mean?

-Taking me cats.

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-Do you want me to tell you about them?

-Yeah. You can, if you want.

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'Keith is having second thoughts about signing over his cats.

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'Ian must persuade him that he's doing the right thing.

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'The house is overcrowded, leaving all the cats at risk of illness.'

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Would you rather be...? You're going to say yes cos you're stubborn.

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Would you rather have cats with flu,

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-sticky eyes...?

-No, no, no...

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-Would you rather that?

-I don't like cats having that.

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Tell me why you can't sleep, then.

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-It's just for...

-They're well. They're happy.

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-They've gone away!

-That's fair enough.

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'Keith finally calms down.

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'Now Ian can return to the job catching the cats.

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'But there's confusion as to how many are staying.'

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-We said five, didn't we?

-You said six.

-We said five.

-Six!

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-You said six!

-Four and two kittens, then.

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This is not an auction.

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'Ian agrees to leave Keith with six cats.

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'But with so many unvaccinated pets under one roof, illness is spreading.

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'Some are already showing signs of serious eye infections.'

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How long's the eye been like that?

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Quite a while. I've cleaned it up once or twice.

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You can't get near. The problem is, they're inter-breeding...

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Don't let him go down the back!

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-I got him.

-Don't... Hold tight.

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'This kitten's infected eye will get some much-needed treatment.'

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-Is that the mum or the kitten?

-Yeah. The mum and the kitten.

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She'll stay in there, anyway, won't she?

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'Next to go is the new mum.

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'Her kittens are too young to be separated,

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'so all four will leave together.'

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That went better than I expected.

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'Ian turns his attention to the pregnant female.

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'It's vital she's taken away before her kittens are born.'

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She's pregnant. She's big and pregnant, isn't she?

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'This could have been avoided.

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'Keith unwittingly caused harm and suffering

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'by putting his own needs before his pets'.'

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-No. Come here!

-Put her in.

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'At least Keith's cat collection is smaller and much more manageable.'

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I'll shake your hand.

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Thank you for helping me. I appreciate what you've done.

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-Well, you didn't yesterday.

-That was too much of a shock to the system.

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-See ya.

-Bye.

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Bye. See ya later.

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'Bath Cats & Dogs Home,

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'one of the largest rehoming centres in the UK.

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'Over 3,000 animals are taken into the centre every year.

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'Here, the cats and kittens begin their journey to find a new home.

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'With some needing urgent treatment, first, it's a trip to the vet's.'

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-They've been taken off somebody?

-Yeah. Signed over.

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'Examining the cats is vet John Gould.

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'Out of all the cats, the babies seem to be suffering the most.

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'They're all showing signs of flu

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'and their eyes are so badly infected, they're glued shut.'

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I think they're just gummed up with discharge.

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We'll have to bathe it and see what their eyes are like.

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I expect they've got horrible conjunctivitis.

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When you've got a lot of cats, they'll usually get cat flu.

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Best thing to do is get your cats vaccinated as kittens.

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Then they won't get cat flu. These are mildly affected.

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It's not pleasant for them. Some can be worse affected.

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Some can die with cat flu.

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'Luckily, to restore this kitten's sight,

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'all that's required is a simple wash.'

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-There we go.

-It's a bit much, isn't it?

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'She seems pleased to finally be able to see again.

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'The remaining kittens have similar symptoms - sore, sniffly

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'and a little worse for wear.'

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They've all got respiratory tract infections.

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We need to watch these. They could get worse before they get better.

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'The kittens need lots of treatment

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'but, if it hadn't been for Ian's timely intervention,

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'the situation could have been a whole lot worse.'

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If we hadn't called yesterday,

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next year, it would have been far harder to resolve,

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probably a cruelty case.

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I'm going to speak to him, he was sitting on a time bomb

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that was going to explode cos all these cats needed treatment.

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They wouldn't have got it.

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I think we got there in the nick of time, really.

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KITTEN MEWS

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'Later...'

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We've got a nurse bathing those cats' eyes every two hours.

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Now you get a bit cross that I've come, et cetera,

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but if we hadn't, they'd have got worse.

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We're heading back to Northumberland and Dougie the greyhound.

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Dougie has suffered a sickening and horrific act of cruelty.

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He was found dumped by the side of the road with both ears cut off.

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'Dougie's story touched the hearts of everyone at the surgery.'

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Good boy!

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'His trusting nature has helped him become the centre of attention.'

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Just put your cream on! What's this?

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'Nurse Grace Spedding is in charge of Dougie's day-to-day care.'

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We've made a really close bond just within a week.

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He's a lovely animal and it's such a shame that it's happened to him.

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I'm trying my best to make him happy and comfortable.

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'Although Dougie has remained placid, he may still be in pain.

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'As his treatment, his stitched ears need constant attention.'

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I'm just applying some cream. It speeds up the natural healing.

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Because he's had his ears stitched, the skin's a bit sore around there.

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I'm just applying the cream to make him more comfortable.

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It brought me to tears.

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He's such a nice dog. You'd have thought he'd be very nervous.

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He's just the most trusting dog you could have.

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For someone to walk away from him like that,

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I don't know how they live with themselves. It made me very angry.

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'Meanwhile, the investigation into who did this to Dougie

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'is gathering pace.

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'It's believed Dougie is a failed racing greyhound

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'and his tattooed ears were cut off so he couldn't be identified.

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'Inspector Ian Smith has been asking questions in the racing community.

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'Now his enquiries have finally paid dividends.

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'Ian has a tip-off about a potential owner.'

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He's been known to race dogs

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and Dougie, particularly, he's been seen.

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He was actually with the dog...

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um...only a few days before he was actually found dumped.

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'Ian needs more evidence than hearsay.

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'He's found out about a DNA database that could provide crucial clues.'

0:31:390:31:44

We'll take some hair plugs from Dougie and send them to Ireland.

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Just the same as it is in humans, it'll show who actually owned Dougie

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and who he's been sold to, until we come to the end of line.

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'Dougie's hair has been sent to Dublin.

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'This is the Irish Equine Centre.

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'These labs develop drugs to treat and prevent diseases in horses.

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'Since the 1980s, the lab has been home to the DNA database

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'for racing greyhounds.

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'Ashley O'Malley is one of the centre's main scientists

0:32:220:32:27

'who's been working on Dougie's sample.

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'The first stage was to add one of Dougie's hairs to a chemical solution.

0:32:300:32:35

'This begins the DNA extraction.'

0:32:350:32:39

That looks like a good one there.

0:32:390:32:41

'It's a long and complicated operation.'

0:32:430:32:46

I'm going to add 100 microlitres of this solution.

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'Eventually, DNA's released from the hairs and, after 48 hours,

0:32:540:32:58

'the results come back.'

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These are the final results.

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'Unfortunately, there is no match for Dougie,

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'but Ashley has found a match for his parents.

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'This should help investigations.'

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This is good news for the RSPCA.

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We'll now be able to inform them

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that we have found the parents, the mother and father of Dougie.

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So that will help them with their investigations.

0:33:230:33:28

'The findings from the lab confirm Ian's suspicions

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'about who owned Dougie.

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'Even armed with all this scientific evidence,

0:33:380:33:42

'Ian can't yet prove who did this to Dougie.'

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His story is that he gave Dougie away to someone on the west coast,

0:33:480:33:54

who wanted it to cross with a saluki.

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I think it's...cods wallop, really.

0:34:030:34:08

If this gentleman had taken Dougie to cross with another dog

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from the west coast of England,

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how come it's been found on the river bank at Bedlington?

0:34:150:34:19

'Although Ian is convinced the owner's not telling the truth, he can't yet prove it.'

0:34:190:34:26

What happened to Dougie was wholly unnecessary.

0:34:260:34:30

Dougie could quite easily have been rehomed through our rescue.

0:34:300:34:36

Whoever did this should be completely ashamed of themselves.

0:34:360:34:42

I'm furious. I really am furious, and I'm not going to let it lie.

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'The investigation is on-going

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'but for Dougie, the future is much brighter.

0:34:510:34:55

'It's been three months, and he's made a brilliant recovery.

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'He also has a new owner.

0:35:030:35:05

'Vet nurse Grace has fallen in love with Dougie.

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'She's given him a life on the northeast coast,

0:35:090:35:12

'where he's making lots of new friends.'

0:35:120:35:15

He's doing really well and settles in more and more every day.

0:35:150:35:21

He's took over the house. It's his house now.

0:35:210:35:25

Everyone just runs around him, which he likes.

0:35:250:35:29

We're really happy.

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It's touched people's hearts.

0:35:310:35:34

To know someone could do that, it hurt a lot of people.

0:35:340:35:38

We've had a lot of support, which has been amazing.

0:35:380:35:42

'After a terrifying and painful ordeal,

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'Dougie has the life an ex-racer deserves.'

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Earlier in the programme, we saw RSPCA inspector Ian Burns

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remove 11 cats from an overrun house in Bath.

0:36:020:36:05

Interbreeding was rife and had left many with serious eye infections.

0:36:050:36:10

Ian's now back to the house.

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This time, he's armed with neutering vouchers and a few home truths.

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'It's been five weeks since Ian visited Keith.

0:36:260:36:30

'The cats he took away had serious eye infections and fleas.

0:36:300:36:35

'Ian wants to make sure Keith realises how ill his cats were.'

0:36:370:36:44

-Yes?

-How are you doing?

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-It's the RSPCA again.

-Yeah.

-Have you got a minute, I hope?

-Yeah.

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'Inside, there are fewer cats, though little else has changed.'

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-Look at all these wind chimes!

-They're there cos I like them.

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They're not meant to be stuck there but I've nowhere else to hang 'em.

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-Right. Your cats.

-Yeah.

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-We must not let this happen again.

-Yeah, I won't let this happen again.

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I won't have any kittens.

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I wish you could have seen the vet examine those kittens.

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-It took quite a long time.

-But I...

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-I wouldn't have minded looking...

-We've got a nurse there.

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She's bathing those cats' eyes every two hours

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-cos they just need it.

-Yeah.

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I know you get cross that I've come,

0:37:390:37:42

but if we hadn't, they'd have got worse.

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-We're not going to have any more kittens.

-I don't want more kittens.

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Let's do these neutering vouchers.

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'The vouchers should ensure Keith's collection of cats stays small and manageable.

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'Ian insists Keith makes an immediate appointment with the vet.'

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I help you with the neutering. The rest, you're responsible.

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-Nobody else apart from you.

-I know.

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-If you can't cope, you ask for help. Yeah?

-Yeah.

-OK. Take care.

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Bye.

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One more cat that's in kitten to be removed.

0:38:230:38:27

As soon as we find space, that'll be homed.

0:38:270:38:30

That has taken a few visits.

0:38:300:38:33

When someone says thank you it's worthwhile, cos they've listened.

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'It's a short visit, but Ian is sure his message has got through.

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'Sure enough, as soon as Ian leaves, Keith gets on the phone.'

0:38:450:38:49

I want to book two cats in to be neutered please.

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'For over a month now, Keith's cats have been at Bath Animal Home.

0:38:570:39:02

'While most have fully recovered, others need round-the-clock care.

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'These are the three youngest kittens - Hans, Heidi and Heather.

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'Their eyes were so badly infected...'

0:39:140:39:18

Out you come.

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'..manager Jackie Doulton still has to treat them every two hours.'

0:39:200:39:25

I don't think it'll be long before they're rehomed. They're pretty.

0:39:270:39:32

They're mad as hatters!

0:39:320:39:35

They look cute. The cute factor always wins.

0:39:350:39:38

Hopefully, they'll get a home very quickly.

0:39:380:39:41

Miaow!

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'Their mum, Hannah, has packed her bags already.'

0:39:430:39:47

She has got a home to go to.

0:39:470:39:50

She's a bit nervous. That's why she's miaowing nicely.

0:39:500:39:55

She's been spayed and she's ready to go.

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She'll be going to her new owner.

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Miaow.

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'Six weeks later,

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'and all the cats have been found new homes.

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'Two of the older kittens, Valentino and Darcy, were the last to go.

0:40:120:40:18

'Their new owner is Fiona Harrison.'

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The RSPCA home had an open day.

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I'd seen that they had an influx of kittens over the summer period.

0:40:240:40:29

I happened to go up there,

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while I was there to see if there were any dogs suitable for adoption.

0:40:310:40:36

I saw him and fell in love.

0:40:360:40:39

They were encouraging people to take home two kittens,

0:40:390:40:43

so they would have company.

0:40:430:40:45

She caught my eye as well.

0:40:450:40:49

I decided that cats suit my lifestyle better.

0:40:490:40:52

I'm loving it. They're so sweet and playful.

0:40:520:40:56

Such lovely creatures to have around.

0:40:560:41:00

'Valentino and Darcy haven't been trouble-free since being rehomed.

0:41:000:41:06

'They're both still showing signs of their previous suffering.'

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Within a week of having her home, she had conjunctivitis in one eye.

0:41:110:41:15

I took her to the vet's to get treatment and she's fine now.

0:41:150:41:19

Touch wood, no problems.

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'From troubled beginnings, these moggies couldn't be happier.'

0:41:240:41:28

He loves fuss and attention.

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He's waiting by the door when I come home.

0:41:310:41:34

She's a bit more aloof.

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She loves licking my feet and sleeping on my bed!

0:41:360:41:40

I don't spoil them, but I do look after them and they respond to that.

0:41:400:41:45

It is nice to think that I've done something

0:41:450:41:50

to give two lovely creatures a decent start in life.

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If you know of a wildlife crime or a creature that needs protection,

0:42:010:42:07

there are people who will answer your call right around the clock.

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They are who we meet on Animal 24:7.

0:42:120:42:15

'Next time on Animal 24:7...'

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I have a warrant to enter the premises and examine the dogs.

0:42:200:42:24

'..overweight and under-walked, the elderly dog in need of help.'

0:42:240:42:28

The owner became extremely aggressive and obstructive.

0:42:280:42:33

'Catching the pets living in a filthy home.'

0:42:330:42:37

That's a poorly guinea pig.

0:42:370:42:39

-Obviously, if you want to take them. I think it is cruel.

-You said it.

0:42:390:42:45

'And it's a full house at this mobile chip van.'

0:42:450:42:49

Mandy in there thinks there are now so many dogs here,

0:42:490:42:53

they'll have to try and shut the gates.

0:42:530:42:57

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Series following people dedicated to rescuing Britain's wildlife and pets.

Inspector Ian Burns tries to persuade a cat lover to part with some of his collection, and the tragic story of Dougie, the greyhound who had both his ears cruelly cut off.