The BBC has stood up for Pooch Perfect, its new dog racing reality show hosted by actress Sheridan Smith.
The broadcaster’s latest release was criticized by viewers for setting a “bad example” for dog owners.
In a statement, the BBC said: âGrooming is a healthy and necessary part of responsible dog ownership, especially with certain breeds. Some breeds require more regular grooming than others to ensure they can see properly, move easily, stay cool, and breathe freely.
âFor example, brachycephalic dogs (like the Shih Tzus seen in Episode 1) need more regular grooming to keep them from overheating due to their shorter muzzle. During the production process, producers have consulted with both the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to ensure best practice in animal welfare.
They added, âBoth organizations received details on the proposed grooming challenges and both were happy to recommend people who then became part of the production team.
âThe Animal Welfare Consultant himself is a former RSPCA officer and was recommended by Dr Samantha Gaines of the RSPCA and our on-screen vet was suggested by Daniella Dos Santos, Senior Vice President of the BVA. |