Parents' Guide to

Animal Cops

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Animal rescue reality show is OK for older kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

Protection Laws for Animals a "Must".

Makes my day when I watch those low lifes get arrested for cruelty and neglect to animals. Teaches children to respect all of God's creatures..especially dogs. Dogs help humans in so many ways!!!! Every country on earth should see this program to educate their people. and have their leaders make strict laws to protect animals.

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age 10+

Okay, but Limited

Why is Houston constantly the focus? Animals live all over this country. Sorry, maybe I catch it more when Houston is the focus. When the San Francisco episode aired, they did not focus on the major dog problem area of that city; I felt, far from real. I used to live in SF, and volunteered at the animal shelter. This is probably the same for other cities as well. The crew only goes into areas where they feel safe. I can't blame them, but we're only getting part of the picture. Animal Planet seems to focus on the animals with happy outcomes; but, many animals do not have such a positive outcome; this hurts me.

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Is It Any Good?

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Viewers who stick with the program are rewarded by seeing many of the animals on the road to recovery (many are even placed in happier homes) and justice served to their abusers. Plus, viewers learn about the rescued animals' medical conditions and possible treatments -- which will fascinate critter-minded kids (and adults!). Of course, viewers are also reminded that owning any animal is an immense responsibility -- pets and service animals need to be well cared for and shown a lot of compassion -- and that failing to meet that responsibility can lead to hefty fines and even jail time. Despite mostly positive outcomes, parents should watch the show with their kids, as children who are especially sensitive toward animals might find the series disturbing.

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