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Pennsylvania SPCA Serves and Protects Man’s Best Friends in City of Brotherly Love for New Season of Animal Planet's “ANIMAL COPS”

-- Production Begins as Cameras Follow the Brave and Dedicated Men and Women of Animal Protection Agency --

(Silver Spring, Md.) Over the past 12 years, Animal Planet has done more to raise awareness of animal cruelty than other entity in the media world. One of the landmark television series to do so are the long-running, gritty and popular ANIMAL COPS and ANIMAL PRECINCT strands, and Animal Planet has announced the start of production of ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA. Filming began a few short weeks ago and will continue throughout the summer, when it is set to premiere. Animal Planet enters “The City of Brotherly Love” to bring the tireless work of the PSPCA (Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to the forefront in the new season.

Based in downtown Philadelphia, the 140-year old PSPCA and its nine agents cover an area of 46,000 square miles statewide but focus primarily on the 142 square miles within Philadelphia. Each year 60,000 animals come through the doors of the organization. The agents come to the aid of a variety of different animals, from cats and dogs, to horses, bears, reptiles, raptors, sea mammals, snakes, and even the occasional tiger and crocodile. Director of law enforcement George Bengle leads the PSPCA team on its important mission to protect the city’s animals wherever they live – from the inner city to the outlying mountains and farms.

“For several years, Animal Planet has used compelling television to tell the stories of the heroes who combat animal cruelty. Now we're delighted to be able to continue that tradition in Philadelphia with the men and women of the PSPCA,” said Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media.

ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA continues the network’s rich tradition of provocative storytelling that delivers a strong and compelling message about society’s responsibilities to respect all animals – domestic and otherwise. The amazing and heartfelt animal stories of the ANIMAL COPS and ANIMAL PRECINCT take us into all parts of American society – rich and poor; black, white and brown; highly educated and minimally so – yet still reflecting the intrinsic and primal bond between humans and animals.

ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA is produced for Animal Planet by Granada Anglia. For Granada, Marie Thomas and Sue Potter are the executive producers. Dawn Sinsel is the executive producer for Animal Planet.

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the U.S.; online assets AnimalPlanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; PetsIncredible, a major producer and distributor of pet-training videos and includes web service PetVideo.com; and other media platforms including a robust video-on-demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

Founded in 1867, The PSPCA was the first humane organization established in Pennsylvania. Thousands of members and donors support The PSPCA provides statewide programming and leadership in humane education and public awareness, public policy, animal rescue, medical services and animal adoptions. The Philadelphia headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, behavior therapy center, adoption facility and the PSPCA Law Enforcement Department, which is responsible for enforcing Philadelphia and Pennsylvania animal cruelty laws. Each of the PSPCA's five satellite shelters carries out the mission of the PSPCA. The PSPCA is a privately funded 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation and counts on the support of our members. To donate or to obtain more information, call (215)426-6300 or visit www.pspca.org. To report animal cruelty in the state of Pennsylvania, call the 24-hour cruelty hotline at 866-601-SPCA (7722).

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