RSPCA: On the Frontline

rspca: on the frontline (8/13)
18.30–19.00

Continuing on Five this week is the 13-part documentary series that follows the stories of six newly qualified RSPCA inspectors as they start work on the front line of animal welfare.

Of the hundreds that originally applied, only 19 men and women were accepted to undergo the gruelling, seven-month training course to become inspectors. All of the trainees who struggled through the course were desperate to work with animals, but not all were prepared for what lay ahead –abseiling, power boating, working undercover and quelling the wrath of dangerous pythons being just a few of the pitfalls that they had to overcome.

Now the inspectors have left the security of training school to combat real animal cruelty and neglect across the country. The cameras follow the men and women as they face the challenge of going ‘on the beat’, capturing the rollercoaster of emotions inherent in the job. Will they remember their training and manage to keep their cool when coming face-to-face with perpetrators of cruelty? Will the job be all they ever wanted? Or will any of the officers begin to regret their career change?

In today’s programme, Pam rescues a dog that has been chained up in a garden all its life. Amanda has to deal with a stray pony. And Nic calls out the fire brigade to help her save a cat stuck up a tree.

On Tuesday, Pam is on patrol at a local agricultural show when tragedy strikes. Nic tackles a nest of snakes in a shed, while Amanda tries to save a hedgehog with a head injury.

In Wednesday’s show, Pam investigates an accusation of dog beating. Melissa has to try and catch a feral cat. Amanda, meanwhile, is called to deal with two stray chickens.

Ian is faced with an angry swan on Thursday. Elsewhere, Melissa is on duty at the Appleby horse fair, and Amanda tries to catch an injured fox cub.

Friday’s instalment sees Amanda treating a cat with facial wounds. Andrea is on duty at a horse market in the middle of London. And Melissa is called out to see an emaciated dog.

rspca: on the frontline (3/13)
18.30–19.00

Continuing on Five this week is the 13-part documentary series that follows the stories of six trainee RSPCA inspectors as they attempt to make it onto the front line of animal welfare. During a punishing seven-month course, the hopefuls are tested across a diverse range of activites and learn some surprising lessons along the way.

All 19 trainees undertaking the course dream of working with animals, but not all are prepared for what lies ahead –abseiling, power boating, working undercover and quelling the wrath of dangerous pythons are just a few of the pitfalls that they must overcome if they are to complete their course.

The rookies, including an ex-prison officer, an estate agent and a hairdresser, will come face to face with some shocking and inhumane cases of animal neglect, but will need to keep their emotions in check when dealing with aggressive and irresponsible pet owners. Do they have what it takes to make it in the RSPCA?

In today’s programme, Amanda is called out to rehome a pig. Pam has to persuade an owner to sign over her cat to get it the care it desperately needs. And Nic handles a complaint about a dog in a poor condition.

On Tuesday, Amanda is given the runaround by a pony that needs its hooves trimmed. Andrea removes a dog from its owner, while Melissa rescues a fox cub from a building site.

In Wednesday’s show, Ian is faced with a dog that has savaged a cat. Melissa takes to the water for some boat rescue training; and Amanda is called to treat a seriously injured deer.

On Thursday, Melissa is in Manchester to rescue a dog from an abandoned house. Andrea gets to grips with some slippery customers at a rescue centre for exotic pets, and Nic is sent on a wild goose chase.

Friday’s instalment finds Andrea on the trail of a cat abandoned by its owner. Melissa has to deal with a dog that has been hit by a car. And Nic is called out to rescue some blue tits when their nest is destroyed.

rspca: on the frontline (1/13)
18.30–19.00

Following on from ‘RSPCA: Have you Got what it Takes’, showing earlier this week, this new documentary series follows a group of newly qualified RSPCA inspectors as they start work on the front line of animal welfare.

Of the hundreds that originally applied, only 19 men and women were accepted to undergo the gruelling, seven-month training course to become inspectors. All of the trainees who struggled through the course were desperate to work with animals, but not all were prepared for what lay ahead –abseiling, power boating, working undercover and quelling the wrath of dangerous pythons being just a few of the pitfalls that they had to overcome. It was an emotional and stressful time for everyone, but all six recruits featured in ‘Have You Got What It Takes’ made it through their training to become fully fledged officers.

Now the inspectors are leaving the security of training school to combat real animal cruelty and neglect across the country. The cameras follow the men and women as they face the challenge of going ‘on the beat’ for the first time, capturing the rollercoaster of emotions inherent in the job. Will they remember their training and manage to keep their cool when coming face-to-face with perpetrators of horrific acts of cruelty? Will the job be all they ever wanted? Or will any of the officers begin to regret their career change?

In today’s programme, the new recruits go to work for the first time as qualified officers. Pam is shocked by the condition of a dog she encounters; Ian gets a call about a dangerous pet; and Amanda is concerned about the welfare of a family of cats.

In Friday’s instalment, Ian is called to a house where a litter of kittens has allegedly been abandoned; Melissa must combat her fear of heights to rescue a crow caught in a tree; and Pam gets tough with a man accused of beating his dog.

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