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Animal Precinct



ASPCA agents rescue neglected pets. Not for kids.

What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Scenes sometimes include subjects or onlookers smoking or drinking beer.

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:June 26, 2001
Cast:Annemarie Lucas, Henry Ruiz
Network:Animal Planet
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 14 years old Written byiheartkenzie16 April 9, 2008
Parent Written bysumoni 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, which it usually states before the show starts or before the begins from the commercial break. Some of the animals don't make it, either found dead or die at the Vet. It can be extremely sad but preteens should be able to understand at the point life, death, and the act of murder. If not, it should certainly be explained before they turn this on. There's a lot of sick people in this world. One episode focused on a young teen who would kill cats and leave their bodies on the owner's front lawns. You didn't see the body, but the description was graphic. A preteen should be talked to about why someone around their age would do such a horrible thing. If you can't handle discussions of murder, abuse, and neglect, don't watch this show. There are a very good number of happy endings, but the world isn't always sunshine and gumdrops. Not to mention animals have their own set of rules and instincts. It'd be a good idea to have your preteen read up on animals.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
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


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