Coronation Street has revealed more details of a new dog cruelty plot involving Evelyn Plummer (Maureen Lipman).
In tonight's episode, Evelyn remonstrated with a man called Terry after seeing him mistreating his dog - and in Friday's episode, when she spots him again, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
In the coming weeks, Evelyn and daughter Cassie (Claire Sweeney) investigate further and discover that Terry is breeding and selling dogs from a puppy farm in his home.
The storyline was developed in conjunction with the RSPCA, who advised on the accuracy of the plot and ensured that the dogs used for filming were well looked-after.
Herchy Boal of the RSPCA said: "Sadly, our frontline officers too often see the negative impact that illicit puppy breeding can have on animal welfare. Too often, unscrupulous breeders disregard the welfare of pups all to make a quick grubby buck - and dogs pay the price.
"That's why it's so important that Coronation Street has focussed on this important storyline - demonstrating the lengths underground breeders can go to make money, and the impact on the dogs and owners involved.
"It's all the more vital to raise awareness of this ahead of Christmas - when many people might be considering adding a pet to the family.
"The team at Coronation Street were fantastic - showing great patience, listening to our advice and always putting the welfare of the puppies first - even pausing filming for long periods whenever the pups needed a nap!"
Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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