TV star Paul O’Grady has told how he broke his self-imposed contract on his new TV show For The Love Of Dogs.

The entertainer says he insisted on a clause forbidding him from taking home an animal when filming the ITV1 documentary, which was filmed in Battersea Dogs And Cats Home.

Paul, who already has three rescue dogs on his Kent farm, as well as 18 sheep, 12 pigs, two goats, ducks, chickens and barn owls, said: “It went in my contract – under no circumstances was I allowed to go home with anything: two-legged, four-legged, three-legged, anything.

“I knew it would be fatal. It’d be like putting an ex-drug addict in a cocaine factory.”

But he told the Radio Times that he could not resist taking home Eddie, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross, on the final day of filming.

“We were filming these puppies. I’d been told they’d all been homed and then this little fellow came skipping out. He was the only one who didn’t have a home,” he said.

“I said, ‘I’ll have him’. That was the very last day of filming. I’d held out until then. God help me if we get another series…”