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‘Animal Cops’ show comes to Phoenix

Animal Planet’s internationally acclaimed “Animal Cops” TV series is headed to Arizona and features the lifesaving work of the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), the state’s largest nonprofit animal welfare organization.

The 10-episode series is set to debut on Animal Planet on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. The series, which currently is airing overseas, will be broadcast in approximately 180 countries. The four-month production schedule began in April of 2016.

Arizona Humane Society (AHS) animal cruelty investigators and cast members of Animal Planet’s “Animal Cops Phoenix” include, from left: Kelley Mallon, Cynthia McGuire, Andy Gallo, Mark Smith and Ruthie Jesus (submitted photo).

“Animal Cops Phoenix” follows the work of the Arizona Humane Society’s animal cruelty investigators and Emergency Animal Medical Technicians as they rescue animals and assist local law enforcement on suspected cases of animal cruelty and abuse. This past year, AHS’ field operations team responded to more than 11,000 animal rescues and cruelty investigations.

The field operations team is backed by AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, the largest shelter-based trauma hospital in the Southwest, as well as a behavior team comprised of animal welfare specialists and a foster hero program of more than 600 foster families and individuals, and make an animal’s journey to adoption possible.

AHS’ various partners, including wildlife rescue organizations and local law enforcement, are also represented throughout the series.

“Animal Cops Phoenix” is set against a backdrop of stunning mountains, dramatic desert, and a climate that can be punishing one day and paradise the next. Each episode highlights a behind-the-scenes look at the work of AHS, and the professionals who, although very different, are united by their love of animals and their desire to step in and change the course of an animal’s life.

For the latest news on Animal Cops Phoenix or to view cast bios, visit www.azhumane.org/animalcops.

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