SHERIDAN Smith’s new BBC present was slammed final night time by the RSPCA over canine cruelty claims.
Pooch Perfect debuts tonight and sees 16 skilled canine groomers compete over eight weeks to be topped one of the best of their subject within the UK.
Sheridan Smith’s new present Pet Pooch was blasted by the RSPCA final night time for treating canines as ‘style equipment’Credit score: BBC
A trailer for the present, hosted by canine lover Sheridan, revealed one canine with brilliant blue ears after their fur was dyed by a groomer.
However the RSPCA blasted the programme saying it “sends out a worrying message” and treats canines as “style equipment”.
Dr Samantha Gaines advised Mirror Online: “We don’t imagine animals ought to be painted or dyed for beauty causes.
“Our pets are clever and sentient; treating them on this method sends out a worrying message that they’re ours to objectify and deal with as style equipment or toys.”
Hitting again, the BBC defended the brand new collection and insisted “the care and wellbeing of the canines was of the upmost significance”.
The trailer for Pet Pooch noticed canines being marched out with blue ears
The present has come beneath fireplace for cruelty claimsCredit score: BBC
A spokesperson shared: “On set we had an RSPCA authorized Animal Welfare Advisor, a Grooming Advisor, and a Vet, to make sure that we put each precaution in place to maintain the canines protected and effectively.
“Each proprietor was requested in the event that they had been pleased for his or her canines to have some momentary color placed on them.
Actress and tv presenter Sheridan mentioned the canine groomers take the competitors “actually significantly”, including that it’s their “livelihoods at stake”.
She added that she “had no thought how a lot ability goes into it”.
A groomer units to work on a prize poochCredit score: BBC
Sheridan hosts the brand new canine collection
“They actually love canines and also you see how compassionate they’re with them on the present, they’re doing a job they love, and they’re good at it,” she mentioned.
“They are surely one of the best within the nation, a whole lot of them know one another from the circuit, it is a powerful previous recreation.
“They do not know what among the challenges can be both, so they’re strolling in blind, I’m there for ethical assist however the judges are very strict.”
Sheridan has six canines and quite a few donkeys dwelling at her house and he or she mentioned she was warned to not add to her assortment of canines whereas internet hosting her new present.
“I’ve six canines already and I used to be warned to not convey any canines house from filming earlier than we began,” Smith, 39, mentioned.
“There was many a time the place I needed to, however I promised my mum, no extra livestock, as a result of I even have donkeys.
“The donkeys stay on the subject on the finish of my backyard, they’re attractive. They’re just like canines in that they’re loving and constant they usually know their proprietor.
“Donkeys are all the time in pairs, you hardly ever see a donkey on their very own, so we’ve two sisters and a pair, they all the time keep collectively. I believe it is so candy and romantic.”