Animal Precinct

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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ASPCA agents rescue neglected pets. Not for kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show demonstrates the repercussions of breaking the law, showing some criminals getting handcuffed and taken to jail and listing the charges, convictions, and sentences of all offenders.


Graphic scenes of animals who have been neglected, hurt, or starved. Some suspects physically resist arrest.


Occasional uses of "damn" or "hell," but stronger words are edited out.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes sometimes include subjects or onlookers smoking or drinking beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that many scenes of animal neglect and abuse in this show are very graphic and could upset kids. Animals featured include dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses, and many are ill and/or injured when the agents arrive. When questioned, the offenders often are unremorseful and seem unmoved by the animals' dire straits. The show exposes viewers to a little-known group of officials and reminds us how much all facets of law enforcement rely on the public for information.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byV O May 20, 2012

Not aimed at children! Contains graphic images.

Pretty much the animal version of cops. Following around the ASPCA to arrest the baddies and rescue the animals. This show sometimes contains graphic images, wh... Continue reading
Adult Written byJetlag April 9, 2008

Must See for Animal Lovers

Many parts of this show, like Animal Cops, is very hard to watch, but I think it's important for young and old to view what indifference and cruelty does t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byiheartkenzie16 April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

i luv this show

every kid should c this show dont reccomend 4 young kids or kids with real problems seein animals hurt starved or sick

What's the story?

ANIMAL PRECINCT introduces viewers to the Humane Law Enforcement Team of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City, whose 15 agents patrol the city -- home to an estimated 5 million pets -- gathering statements from witnesses, observing the animals in question (often from afar), and deciding on the proper course of action. If the situation warrants immediate action, the agents enter homes unannounced and rescue animals in distress. Severe offenders can face felony charges, while in cases of mild neglect, the ASPCA often steps in to educate owners on proper animal care. The show includes follow-up on the featured stories, describing the offenders' punishment and showing the rehabilitated animals in their new adoptive homes.

Is it any good?

The show is eye-opening to the plight of many pets in neglectful situations and encourages the public's vigilance in preserving animals' rights. It also reminds us of the heroic jobs performed by a variety of low-profile law enforcement agents every day. But parents need to be warned that this isn't a feel-good animal show, and it isn't appropriate for young kids. Many of the stories are absolutely heart-wrenching no matter how old you are.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about proper care of animals. What moral responsibilities do owners have toward their pets? What are the animal rights laws in your area? Parents can also use the show to demonstrate the importance of being observant. What might have happened to the animals in trouble if someone hadn't called the authorities? If you witnessed a case of neglect or abuse, what would you do?

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