STV will broadcast a visit to master-escapee Houdini the horse in the access-all-areas series Animal 999 on Thursday, December 22, at 8.30pm.
The 15th episode of the popular series follows Houdini the horse who is looking for a new home after living at the SSPCA’s centre in Drumoak for several months.
Like his namesake, he’s a bit of an escapologist and has managed to break free from his paddock a number of times, with videos of his break-outs in action making him an internet sensation.
It is the society’s policy to neuter all animals they receive to avoid unwanted births - in the final episode of the series, this is one predicament Houdini won’t be able to escape from.
In the end it’s a happy ending for Houdini, the stocky Friesian stallion, as he is re-homed to a farm near Livingston and given the new name ‘Harry’ Houdini.
The popular series brings viewers a fascinating insight into the fantastic work carried out by Scotland’s leading animal welfare charity, Scottish SPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), to protect and care for thousands of domestic, farm and wild animals every year.
As the organisation opens its doors for STV’s cameras, we follow the dedicated work of its inspectors, rescue officers and rehoming teams as they save and care for abused, abandoned and injured animals all over Scotland.
Animal 999 has proved popular with STV viewers, with the two most recent series securing an average audience of 223,000 and reaching 1.6million people.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Animal 999 is a fantastic way to show the Scottish public our tremendous and often challenging work rescuing and rehoming abused, abandoned and injured animals in Scotland.
“The series shows the wide variety of investigations, rescues and call outs carried out and attended by our inspectors and rescue officers, ranging from allegations of mistreatment and neglect to sick and injured wildlife needing our help.
“Some of the stories are very sad because animals are suffering but we are there for them and the Animal 999 team follow us every step of the way, capturing the highs, lows and full range of emotions.
“There is nothing better than seeing a rescue pet leaving our rehoming centres with their loving new owners or wild animals being returned fit and healthy to their natural habitats.”