Episode 11 Animal 24:7


Episode 11

Tom Heap joins the dangerous dog patrol as an aggressive pit bull is seized by police. At the PDSA hospital, a cat faces a life changing operation to remove a damaged leg.


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Britain's animals are under threat.

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All too often, our wildlife and domestic pets are the victims

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of cruelty, persecution and neglect.

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Fighting to save them is a dedicated band of people,

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trying to protect and care for them right around the clock.

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This is Animal 24:7.

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-Today on Animal 24:7...

-GROWLING

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..Paris, an illegal dog with the potential to kill.

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So, if these dogs are put down, who's to blame?

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The owner. The owner's to blame.

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With training, being kept on a lead, he could reverse what was potentially happening.

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He's chosen not to do that.

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Therefore, unfortunately, the dog's paid the price.

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-Good boy.

-How this cat was left fighting for life after a fox attack.

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Jackson is not...

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a nasty cat. It's purely that, despite the very strongest

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painkillers that we can give him, he's still in a lot of pain.

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And the little hedgehog that's netted itself a whole lot of trouble.

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We're trying very hard to engage the council to stop putting

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in netting on football fields, cos this becomes a common occurrence.

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In many parts of the country, especially our inner cities,

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dangerous dogs are becoming a real problem.

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Some councils, like Newham, here in East London, have decided to get tough.

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And today I'm out with a team who are tackling this problem head on.

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Newham, home to 250,000 residents and London's 8th-largest local authority.

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It's also in the front line on cracking down on dangerous dogs.

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Today, I'm with dog warden Tina Delaney,

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whose job is to keep banned breeds off the streets.

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Like all local authorities, we do have a problem with people using dogs to intimidate people.

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They don't care that they run round and frighten people, that they chase cats and kill them, you know.

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In Newham, that isn't tolerated.

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People shouldn't have to live in fear of people having dangerous dogs.

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It's only a matter of time before somebody's actually bitten or a fatal attack takes place.

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There is really that danger, you think, these dogs can kill?

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Yes, they have the potential to kill, so we want to prevent something like that

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possibly happening in Newham, which is why we deal with dangerous dogs.

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'Last year, Tina and her team seized 55 pit bull types.

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'Now she has a series of warrants to take away some more.

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'First on her list is a frightened neighbourhood.

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'And a home she's visited before.'

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We had a complaint about there being two dangerous dogs on the premises.

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The dogs have allegedly attacked a child - run after the child.

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They didn't cause any injuries to the child, but, obviously, the mother became very frightened.

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The owners...

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the people on the property yesterday did say the dogs had actually chased a child.

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We've had several complaints about the dogs running riot,

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doing their own thing, chasing people, fouling the property.

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-When we came yesterday, one of them was definitely a pit bull type.

-Definitely a pit bull type?

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Yes, so we've come back today with a warrant to remove that.

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'In the last year alone, over 4,000 people were attacked by dangerous dogs.

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'Allegations that the one living here chased a small child make it a very serious case.'

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'Everyone needs to be on their guard.'

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KNOCKS ON DOOR

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Hiya. We're the London Borough of Newham Animal Welfare.

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We met yesterday. What we've got today is, this police officer has a warrant to enter the premises.

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If you can place them back into the cage, where they were yesterday, I'd be grateful for that.

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-'Inside the flat are two dogs - Terror and Paris.'

-BARKING

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'Paris seems particularly aggressive.'

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-Right, OK. What breed do you believe your dog to be?

-Staff.

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Right, OK.

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The dogs' owner isn't home, leaving his nephew to look after the animals.

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The one on the right, I do believe is definitely a pit bull terrier, OK?

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The other one does look to me more like it's a Staffy type,

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but I am going to remove both of them for them to be assessed.

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'But Tina still needs to talk to the actual owner.'

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-Hello.

-'And he's not happy.'

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Listen. OK, listen.

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OK, if you're going to be abusive, I'm going to end the call, OK.

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If you want to listen to me, I can explain to you what's actually happening.

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Right, OK. We've had several complaints

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about your dogs attacking people, running around the square,

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being very problematic to your neighbours.

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I believe Paris is a pit bull, so she's going to be removed,

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because your dog, under the Dangerous Dogs Act, I believe to be an illegal dog.

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'Now Tina needs to remove the dogs.'

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If neither of them are pit bulls, they will be returned to you immediately.

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However, I don't think, definitely with Paris, that is going to be the case. OK.

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I'll give you call back later, OK.

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Thank you very much. Bye-bye.

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BARKING AND GROWLING

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'But they're both potentially dangerous.'

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I want a Vari Kennel, two graspers and a muzzle, please.

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'And Paris is particularly threatening.

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'It's vital Tina get her tactics right.'

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The female, the bitch, is very aggressive towards strange people she doesn't know.

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So to make it nicer for the dog, because, obviously, we don't want to wind her up

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or make her more aggressive, we're going to ask the person who's familiar to handling her

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to place her in a muzzle and put her in a cage, which is a nicer way to take her down.

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This goes over the top and around, behind her ears,

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as tight as possible, so that she doesn't remove it. OK, then?

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'Tina and the rest of the team retreat to a safe distance while the muzzle is fitted.'

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How are you doing?

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'But there's a problem.'

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-What did he say?

-He said he's having trouble putting a muzzle on her.

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'It's a worrying development. There are now no guarantees

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'these dogs can be safely removed from the flat.'

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Coming up...

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A suspected pit bull owner gives the team the slip.

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The guy we're looking for has just jumped the fence. Sue's just seen him. He's down there.

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-Has she seen him?

-Yes, she's seen him.

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I'm sorry. I know.

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And a tangled hedgehog refuses to play ball.

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I'll see if he'll relax.

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If not, it might be a better idea to give him some gas.

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Owning a pet is a responsibility and a responsibility that brings bills.

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Some owners find it a struggle, but, thankfully,

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the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, or PDSA, is on hand to help out.

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The charity was set up in 1917 and provides over 2 million free treatments

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to sick and injured animals,

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especially to owners who find it tough to pay private fees.

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Around 150 animals are brought into the Bow hospital every day.

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We'd like him to be at least nine...

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even nine weeks three days, really.

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So, the reception is often packed with pets waiting to see the vet.

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But some cases are just too serious to join the back of the queue.

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This is Jackson.

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He was rushed in overnight with life-threatening injuries.

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It's thought he'd been attacked by a fox.

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Head nurse Geraldine Coles has been trying to keep him stable.

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He has extensive injuries to one leg

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and also possible injuries to other legs.

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They are amazing, cats.

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With huge injuries, they will make it back home.

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Hello, Jackson!

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Jackson needs an X-ray.

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Oh, you're such a good boy!

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But he's in great pain.

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And when a cat's in pain, they can be dangerous to handle.

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Good boy, good boy, good boy!

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Can we just knock him straight out?

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And out of the cage, the level of pain becomes all too apparent.

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Good boy, it's all right, it's all right. Good boy!

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Jackson will have to be given a general anaesthetic before any X-ray can be taken.

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There's a good boy.

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Jackson is not...

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a nasty cat. It's purely that,

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despite the very strongest painkillers we can give him, we've given,

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and, unfortunately, he's still in a lot of pain, so...

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On here, you can see our problem

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is that we have extensive skin damage here and tissue damage underneath as well.

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So, this, even without any broken bones, is a very severe injury for this cat.

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Now he's sedated, his injury can be properly assessed.

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Unfortunately, I noticed he is actually an entire male.

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When cats aren't neutered, entire males go off hunting for a female.

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And this is how they get into trouble.

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They go off roaming and get hit by cars or get into fights.

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The X-rays show a smashed femur and a dislocated hock.

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The injuries are severe.

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Jackson's leg cannot be saved.

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It's a critical time for Jackson.

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Even if he survives surgery, he'll then have to learn to walk on three legs.

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200 miles away is the PDSA's sister hospital in Leeds.

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Belle's another pet who wasn't neutered when she was young.

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Now she's suffering the consequences with a potentially life-threatening problem.

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Vet Sean Wensley know she could be running out of time.

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She's been drinking quite a lot.

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She's been down in the dumps...

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in herself. Also she's got a bit of a discharge from her vulva.

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Belle hasn't been spayed.

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We know these signs of drinking a lot and having a bit of a discharge can be signs of an infection in the womb.

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If the condition is left untreated, it could kill Belle.

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She's going to be operated on this morning.

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We're going to find out if there is an infected womb and, if there is,

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we'll have to remove it and treat any remaining infection.

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Hopefully, in that case, she has a good chance of recovery.

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Without the treatment, it could prove a fatal condition.

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The suspicion is that Belle has a condition called pyometra, an infected womb.

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A hysterectomy may be the only option.

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Belle's anaesthetised and prepared for surgery.

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Vet Carolyn Oldridge thinks the infection has spread and the womb cannot be saved.

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My colleague, Carolyn, has opened Belle up for the operation.

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She's quickly identified the uterus, which is the part

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that we were concerned would be containing some pus and infection...

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in this condition, pyometra.

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What we're doing now is just tying the uterus off

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and the blood vessels that supply it so it can be safely removed.

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Neutering is something we're always promoting as a charity.

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It's part of responsible pet ownership.

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Not only does it help prevent the thousands of unwanted puppies

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and kittens that are born every year, it also has clear health benefits.

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The case we're seeing today is one of the cases

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and one of the medical conditions that can be prevented by spaying a female dog.

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So we've got this infection of the uterus, which is potentially life-threatening.

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Obviously, if we've removed uterus at an early age, by spaying, then we can prevent

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conditions like this, as well as others, like certain types of cancer.

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Belle's owners now face an anxious wait to see if the surgery has been a success.

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At the opposite end of the country,

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the problem of not having a pet neutered early is coming home to roost.

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For Belle, the surgery may be over, but 200 miles away in Bow,

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Jackson's life-changing operation is just beginning.

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At just six months old, he's about to have his crippled back leg taken off.

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And as he's prepared for this amputation, staff will do all they can to make sure he pulls through.

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Later, Jackson's recovery.

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Losing a leg...all the orthopaedic specialists state

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that dogs and cats have three legs and a spare leg.

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And the team continues its search for dangerous dogs.

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If you don't open the door in the next couple of minutes, we are going to break entry.

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You've been given ample opportunity, and we do have a warrant to enter the premises.

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With football being such a popular sport for children,

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many families have goals in their back garden.

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While they can be a lot of fun for the kids,

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they can be very hazardous for wildlife.

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As night falls across Britain, the wildlife landscape changes too.

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A whole host of nocturnal animals wake up and begin their day.

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But when the sun rises, and they veer too close to humans, they can find themselves in danger.

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Inspector Selina Chan has been called to a house in Pontypridd,

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where a garden visitor has got in a tangle.

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Hi, there. Hi, it's Selina with the RSPCA. I'm here about the hedgehog.

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Yes, come through here.

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Mike Hutchins found the prickly intruder earlier this evening.

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-A lot of it is still... caught up.

-Caught up inside.

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-Was he in this football net, then?

-You can see where he's twisted and turned.

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OK, no problem.

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Mike has already tried to release the hedgehog from the tangled net but without success.

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-How did he get in here?

-Just through the side gate there.

-Right.

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Hedgehogs can suffer serious injuries from being caught up in nylon netting.

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Selina needs to act quickly.

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What we'll do, I'll be taking him back to the vets anyway.

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Hopefully, they'll be able to just make him a little bit sleepy so we can cut that off.

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-If he's a good weight, I'd be looking to bring him back and re-releasing him here.

-Yeah.

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-OK, is that all right?

-That's fine.

-Great.

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The prickles on a hedgehog are there to stave off predators.

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Even though Selina only wants to help, she still needs protection.

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The creature will be frightened, so Selena works quickly.

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And now he's ready to head to the vets.

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Luckily, at the local surgery, there's an experienced helping hand waiting to see this little hog.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

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We've got a hedgehog tied up in football netting.

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-It's wrapped all the way around.

-OK.

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Vet nurse Angie Duff has dealt with many similar injuries.

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We're trying very hard to engage the council to stop putting in netting on football fields.

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This becomes a common occurrence, and you find foxes get caught quite a lot also.

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Come on, then, son.

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You see...

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The twine itself is really thin, which is always a problem -

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the thinner the twine, the harder it is for them to get out.

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The thicker stuff, you usually find they can untangle themselves.

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So, what I'll do, quite gingerly, is try and roll him onto his back

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and see if we can get an idea what's going on there.

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When hedgehogs are scared, their natural instinct is to curl up.

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I'm sorry. I know.

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It's vital Angie gets a look.

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I'll see if he'll relax.

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If not, then it might be a better idea to give him some gas.

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But this little fella is refusing to play ball.

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Give us a look!

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Angie decides to use the special chamber to help him relax.

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So, we'll just pop him in.

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We'll just get an idea of what's going on here

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-and then we'll weigh him and see whether we need to give him any antibiotics and painkillers.

-Mm-hm.

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With the hedgehog fast asleep, it's time to untangle his paws.

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Come on, then, sunshine.

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But after all that effort...

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-It's not even there.

-Oh, he's managed to cut it away.

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And, thankfully, this boy's injury-free.

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His feet look absolutely fine.

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There doesn't appear to be any lacerations or cuts or any blood coming from anywhere at all.

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He's looking in really good nick, isn't he?

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He actually does look in very good nick. He's a big, bruising boy. I think he's ready for action.

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Now night's fallen, it's time to go back to where he was found...

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Brilliant! Thank you very much.

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..the hope being that he will pick up familiar scents and head home.

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But before releasing him, Selena has a bit of advice

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to hopefully stop this hog scoring an own goal again.

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What I would ask you to do, if you can, is to raise the net

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a little bit, just so he doesn't end up getting caught back in there.

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He'll be fine. He'll probably wait for us to all go away and probably wander off.

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It's a good ending for this little hedgehog.

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Hopefully, he'll get another couple of years out of him,

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and hopefully the caller will be able to see him again in the garden.

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Coming up...

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The cat suffering the consequences of a back-street brawl.

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It looks as though he's been bitten by another animal.

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Obviously, they've got dirty teeth.

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Last year, there were more than 5,000 dog attacks on members of the public across Britain.

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In Newham, East London, I'm out on patrol with dog warden Tina Delaney

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as she tracks down dogs she suspects are both aggressive and illegal.

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Dog warden Tina Delaney is executing a warrant to seize two suspected pit bulls.

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One of the dogs, Paris, is extremely aggressive.

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The owner is not at home, so Tina has asked his nephew to muzzle her.

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'Meanwhile, we've been waiting outside.'

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OK, so you have her on a lead, yeah?

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-Yeah.

-OK.

-..Sit.

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-'Several minutes have passed.'

-Come on. There's one.

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'The first dog, Terror, is under control and can now leave the flat.'

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-He's a little terror.

-He's a little terror, is he?

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-Only in like a mischief way.

-In a mischievous way, not an aggressive way, apparently, which is good news.

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'But Paris is a very different dog.

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'It proved impossible to fit a muzzle.'

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Good girl, Paris.

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'But the tenant has managed to get her into a kennel.'

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BARKING AND GROWLING

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'Her raw aggression is a clear sign of menace.'

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-So what's she like when you take her out in public, then?

-As good as gold.

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'Without a cage to stop Paris, Tina could easily be attacked.'

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-What's up with that catch?

-It doesn't seem to be closing properly. ..It's all right, Paris.

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'She needs to make sure the door is properly secured.'

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-That's it. It's in now.

-It's in, yeah?

-Yep.

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'Tina's priority now is to get this dangerous dog on board her van as quickly as possible.'

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-Quite heavy.

-Yep.

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'And it seems this action may have prevented a bad situation getting a whole lot worse.'

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The guy said, about a month ago, she was in season, and they were mating.

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So, obviously, she, to me, is a pit bull terrier type.

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If she's been bred with him, then she's going to produce some nice pit bull puppies.

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'Both these dogs now face an uncertain future.

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'Pit bulls can sometimes be returned to their owners if they apply to the courts for a licence.

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'But the way Paris is behaving could mean she's just too dangerous to ever go home.'

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For Tina, a gritty determination to track down evasive owners is a key part of her day.

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She's been trying to speak to one owner for the past 11 weeks.

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Today, with the help of the police, she's very keen to get a result.

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-What are we expecting here?

-We've had complaints about the guy having a pit bull.

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He's already had two pit bulls previously removed from him,

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so the complaint is that he's been intimidating people with the dog.

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'Tina needs to get inside this house, to check the animals over and speak to their owner.'

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This is actually the fourth call that we've made.

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So, if he doesn't answer this call, we will be coming back and going through the door.

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'She thinks she's heard barking.

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'And there's another clue that someone may in fact be at home...'

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Upstairs window open.

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'..but ignoring her calls.'

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If you don't open the door within the next couple of minutes, we are going to break entry.

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You've been given ample opportunity, and we do have a warrant to enter the premises.

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'Finally, Tina's determination pays off.'

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Hello. We're from the London Borough of Newham Animal Welfare Service.

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These officers are from the Metropolitan Police.

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'Inside, there are four dogs - two crossbreeds and two pit bulls.'

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-Come on!

-Any worries with that dog?

-No, not at all.

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'But it seems this case is going to have a very different outcome.'

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-They're registered, yeah? They're registered.

-They're registered.

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-Don't you remember coming here before?

-Yeah, I do. They're registered as what?

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They're registered as pit bull type.

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'Pit bulls can be kept if they're licensed.

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'The dogs must also be microchipped, tattooed and muzzled when in public.'

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Hello.

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If you can just get it to sit so I can see its tattoo.

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Yeah. I've seen that one. Brilliant. Thanks very much for that.

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-What were you checking up on in there?

-They've got tattoos on her thighs -

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on the inside of their thighs - so it just shows that they are registered pit bulls.

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'With no evidence of any wrong-doing, Tina accepts that these dogs are legal.'

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Thank you very much. Thank you.

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One thing that does occur to me, though,

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-is that there have been complaints about his dogs.

-Yes.

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They shouldn't have been out in public without a muzzle, should they?

0:26:210:26:24

No. But what he's saying is, that's the neighbourly dispute and that actually hasn't taken place.

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We don't have any proof to state that that HAS taken place.

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If we did see these dogs out in a public place without muzzles, they'll automatically be seized.

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What's happened here is, he hasn't answered our calls. That means we've had to upset him.

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He's not very happy. Come into the property and potentially force entry, because he's just been ignoring us.

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If you ignore us, with dangerous dogs, we're here to enforce that.

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We're here to remove the danger from the public and we will come back.

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He was very close to having his door broken down, wasn't he?

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Yes, he was. I don't think he believed that was going to happen, but it would have done.

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-Because it's serious.

-It IS serious. He's had ample opportunity to contact us, to state, yes, I have two dogs,

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you can come round, you can look at the paperwork.

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You can see that they're legal. Then that isn't a problem any more.

0:27:120:27:15

'It's late afternoon. There's still one more call Tina needs to make.

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'It's another complaint about a pit bull running free

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'in communal gardens, frightening a mother and her child.'

0:27:270:27:30

Hello - police officers. Can you open the door, please? We need to speak to you.

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'There's still no answer, but Tina can hear someone inside.'

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-Is there a garden out the back?

-Yes, communal area.

-Was that where the incident happened?

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'The team decides to split up to check the back garden.

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'Suddenly, they get a lead.'

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'A man's been seen escaping with a dog over a back fence.'

0:28:040:28:07

Yeah, the guy we're looking for has just jumped the fence. Sue's just seen him, he's done there.

0:28:100:28:14

-Has she seen him?

-Yes, she's seen him.

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'A frantic search is now under way.

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'But can they find the suspect and his dog?'

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Still to come...

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The police have pursued him.

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He's taken of his jumper that you saw and run with the dog.

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Now back to the PDSA.

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Earlier in the programme, we saw Jackson the cat brought into the Bow hospital

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with horrific injuries to his hind leg.

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It was thought he'd been attacked by a fox.

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Sadly, vets were unable to save the leg.

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It would have to be amputated.

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Surgeon Peter Fox is in charge of Jackson's life-changing operation.

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Jackson's breathing and heart rate are closely monitored.

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Peter begins to carefully remove the leg.

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At just six months old, it's a terrible price to pay for a fight with a fox.

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But though a drastic change, Peter has some reassuring words.

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He will hopefully make a full recovery. The owner was very concerned

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whether it was fair to go on, given the extent of the injuries,

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but losing a leg...all the orthopaedic specialist state

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that dogs and cats have three legs and a spare leg,

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so they won't miss an odd leg, especially the back leg.

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They cope very well.

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The wound stitched, now Jackson's operation is over.

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He can begin his recovery.

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The next day, Jackson quickly bounces back.

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After surviving a fox attack and major surgery,

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vet Elaine Pendlebury is now happy he's well enough to go home.

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Miss Tebbit, please? Hello!

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Jackson's worried owner, Elaine Tebbit, has brought the family to collect him.

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You don't want to worry too much. I know, you know, when a cat loses a leg,

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it's something we all think about as a problem, really.

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You'll find, you know, my experience, in quite a few days,

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weeks or whatever, they adapt so well.

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Don't worry about it, because what you've got to think about is he's quite happy, really.

0:30:520:30:57

-So shall I go and get him now?

-Yes.

-Are you all right? Are you prepared? Don't worry.

0:30:570:31:00

I'll take your basket and I'll just go and get him and bring him through.

0:31:000:31:04

A bit nervous. It's a bit worrying to see a cat with no leg, and I've got to look after it.

0:31:040:31:09

It's not going to be a very nice sight.

0:31:090:31:11

Hello!

0:31:120:31:15

So he's all right in there.

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I mean, I know it looks a bit grim, but the stitch line looks quite good, really, doesn't it?

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And he's been eating well and everything.

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-If you're at all worried, remember, give us a call.

-I will do.

-All right?

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Fortunately, cats do recover quickly from amputations.

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But when it comes to his nocturnal adventures, in future, Jackson will have to watch his step.

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In Leeds, patients are still coming in as well as going home.

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The latest to see senior vet Sean Wensley is Sooty, a black cat who has been fighting.

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-This is Sooty?

-Yes.

-Hi.

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I believe he's maybe been in a bit of a scrape?

0:32:060:32:09

-It sounds like it, yes.

-How is he in himself at the moment?

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Not as I'd like him to be, definitely.

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Sooty's owner, Joyce Brotherton, is a PDSA volunteer, but now it's her and her pet that are needing help.

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Has he got a temperature?

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Sooty's got a painful lump, and Joyce is concerned.

0:32:240:32:28

It seems as though he knows what I want and I know what he wants, you know? We're kind of...

0:32:280:32:33

We respond very much together.

0:32:330:32:36

This looks as though he's been bitten by another animal,

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and obviously, they've got dirty teeth, and he's got dirty skin, so the combination

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just allows a bit of infection then to get in through the bite wound.

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So what we're going to need to do is get this cleaned up...we'll need to give him some antibiotics as well.

0:32:490:32:56

-We can feel there's some infection in here, so we need to just try and get that out just now.

-Right.

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With a quick kiss to reassure him...

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..Sooty is taken through to the treatment room.

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Animal bites harbour secondary dangers.

0:33:090:33:13

Sooty's brawl on the back streets has left him with a painful infection.

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So we can see there's a little drainage hole here and there's pus and blood,

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and it's a bit smelly as well,

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so we can see there's quite a lot of swelling around here - that all needs to come out.

0:33:300:33:35

Sean and care assistant Lynette Westcott need

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to clear out the infection so the wound can heal properly.

0:33:390:33:44

CAT MIAOWS Steady, steady, steady. There we go.

0:33:440:33:47

That's draining out nicely now - we're nearly getting...

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clear fluid coming through, instead of all that nasty pus.

0:33:530:33:57

This treatment is doing nothing for Sooty's temper.

0:33:580:34:02

All right, well done.

0:34:020:34:04

-Come on, little fella.

-But thankfully, the wound is now clean.

0:34:040:34:08

Sooty's given some antibiotics.

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You're going to go home now.

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And it's time to be reunited with his owner.

0:34:130:34:17

All done. Sorry to keep you waiting.

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Hello, sweetie. Are you all right now?

0:34:200:34:22

He was very good for that.

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All I would ask is that you put maybe a little pinch of salt in some lukewarm water,

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in about a pint of lukewarm water, and if you just put some cotton wool, then,

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in the lukewarm water with a little bit of salt and just sort of drizzle it over, it would be good.

0:34:330:34:36

This will gradually just heal over by itself, and hopefully, you know,

0:34:360:34:41

-his appetite will start coming back and what have you.

-Excellent.

0:34:410:34:45

Obviously, we just ask, if you have got any concerns, to pop him back.

0:34:450:34:49

Sooty is no longer in pain, so hopefully, now his mood will start to improve.

0:34:490:34:56

Back in the recovery ward, it's time to see how one of Sean's other patients is getting along.

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A few hours ago, Belle had major surgery to have her infected womb removed.

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The operation has been a success.

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She can now go home.

0:35:200:35:21

Hiya. Well, she's had her surgery today, as you know. That was all basically uneventful.

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If you keep an eye on her over the next 24 hours, just check that she...

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She's going to be a bit slow.

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If you're worried at all about the wound, if it's looking red or bleeding

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-or she's picking at her stitches, just give us a call.

-Yeah, I will.

0:35:370:35:40

-OK. So I'll go and get her for you just now.

-All right, thanks.

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Owners Ian and his daughter, Bethany, aren't the only ones who've been missing Belle.

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We have another dog at home same as her,

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and she's been stood up at the window wondering where she is, you see?

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There she is, pleased to see you.

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Belle is still a bit woozy, but her family don't seem to mind.

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They are clearly thrilled to have their beloved pet back.

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Earlier, I joined Newham Animal Welfare warden Tina Delaney

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as she executed a number of warrants on people suspected of owning a illegal pit bulls.

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After knocking at the door of one address, Tina was told

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the owner was seen jumping over a large fence with his dog.

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He's a pit bull, so it's about...tan, about this big...

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'The team is continuing their search for the suspect and his dog.

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'Round the corner, they find a clue.

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'Dumped on the floor is a jumper they believe

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'the suspect has taken off to prevent him being identified.'

0:37:010:37:04

This is what the guy was wearing that we've been chasing.

0:37:040:37:07

-OK. If we split up, we've got our numbers, haven't we?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, OK.

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Any dog that you think is possible, just stop it, and we'll come.

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We believe that the guy has jumped over the wall in the back garden and gone through to the community area.

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The police have pursued him. He's taken off his jumper that you saw and...running with the dog.

0:37:240:37:32

The team searches the area to see if they can spot the wanted man.

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But after scouring local streets and parks, he's nowhere to be found.

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Back at the address where we started. Unfortunately, we couldn't find the gentleman on the streets.

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'It is a setback, but, as ever, Tina's are not prepared to let him get away.'

0:38:000:38:06

He may be thinking, well, we've come back again today,

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and maybe he's realised that we know that his dog is actually illegal under Section One

0:38:080:38:15

of the Dangerous Dogs Acts and realise that's actually why we're coming back.

0:38:150:38:17

So that's probably the end of it for today, but is it the end of the story overall with this dog?

0:38:170:38:22

No, it isn't. We need to trace the dog, we need to see where he's taken it.

0:38:220:38:26

He hasn't helped his case by allegedly running over the back wall and running away with the dog.

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'Tina will return and make regular checks at the address to track down

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'the owner and his dog, but for now, there's a different priority.'

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'Earlier, Tina seized two suspected pit bulls.

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'One of the dogs, Terror, was able to be taken out of the flat on a lead,

0:38:520:38:58

'but the other, Paris, was aggressive.

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'She could only be safely removed by being caged in a portable kennel.'

0:39:030:39:08

BARKING

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-Where are we going with her, Tina?

-We are going to take her over to the dangerous dogs unit over there.

0:39:110:39:16

'Now we've arrived at Newham's high-security pound.

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'Dozens of banned breeds are housed here, all waiting for their future to be decided.'

0:39:220:39:30

-Let me know if I should do anything or if I should stand well back.

-Just stand back, that's fine.

0:39:330:39:39

'Now Tina faces a potentially dangerous job...'

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Hello, Paris. Good girl.

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'..getting Paris into a kennel.'

0:39:460:39:48

Good girl, come on.

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'This is a strange environment for any dog, but Paris has already shown a menacing side.

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'She is extremely unpredictable.

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'Fear can often trigger aggression, a serious risk in such a powerful dog.'

0:40:020:40:07

-She looks kind of scared, actually.

-Yeah, she is. But we also have to be careful.

0:40:110:40:15

'And the surroundings could make things even worse.'

0:40:150:40:18

You know, she's not as confident, there's a lot of noise here,

0:40:200:40:23

a lot of activity, and she doesn't know what's happening.

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Good girl! Go on.

0:40:260:40:29

Come on. Go on.

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Go on.

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Come on. Good girl!

0:40:350:40:38

'Finally, Paris is locked away.

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'Next up is Terror, who's showing none of Paris's fear.'

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You can see a big difference in him coming into the kennels and her coming into the kennels.

0:40:470:40:51

He's very confident, he's wagging his tail, he's looking around. He's a very different dog.

0:40:510:40:56

'A decision will soon be made on whether these two are banned breeds.

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'Even if they are, the owner could be given the opportunity to have them returned.'

0:41:000:41:05

But from what you can tell of the shape of this dog and of Paris, what are you suspecting?

0:41:050:41:10

He isn't a Staff. I mean, Staffies go up to 16 inches high - he's not a Staff.

0:41:100:41:15

She's definitely, I think, going to be a pit bull terrier.

0:41:150:41:17

We'd have to wait for the confirmation, but I think there's a good chance that he will be as well.

0:41:170:41:21

'But as we settle Terror...

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'Paris's fear is prompting a return to that aggression we witnessed earlier.'

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GROWLING

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Paris, shh. Good girl.

0:41:330:41:35

Don't be silly. GROWLING

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'All the time, she's displaying behaviour that could seal her fate.'

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So, if these dogs are put down, who's to blame?

0:41:420:41:45

The owner. The owner is to blame.

0:41:450:41:48

With training, being kept on a lead, he could reverse what was potentially happening.

0:41:480:41:53

He's chosen not to do that. Therefore, unfortunately, the dogs pay the price.

0:41:530:41:59

Sad, isn't it?

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(Good girl.)

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24 hours later, the dogs were assessed.

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Both were found to be pit bull type, but their futures couldn't be more different.

0:42:120:42:18

Terror was allowed to go home, providing that he was registered and kept under strict conditions.

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Paris was simply too dangerous to ever be allowed out in public again.

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Sadly, there was no option but to put her to sleep.

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If you think you know of a case of wildlife crime

0:42:430:42:46

or a creature that needs immediate protection,

0:42:460:42:49

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

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They are the people we meet on Animal 24:7.

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Tom Heap joins the dangerous dog patrol as an aggressive pit bull is seized by police. At the PDSA hospital, a cat faces a life changing operation to remove a damaged leg. Plus there's rescue for a hedgehog caught in a football net.


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