Britain's Got More Talent insists puppies were properly cared for after Simon Cowell apology

Show in hot water over dogs used in last night's episode

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Britain's Got Talent 2016 has reassured fans that puppies featured on its ITV2 spin-off show were well looked after following controversy over their involvement.

After the usual judges' Q&A on last night's Britain's Got More Talent last night, Stephen Mulhern played a comedy quiz with them that saw them presented with a real puppy for each correct answer.

However, dog lover Simon Cowell appeared to be uncomfortable with the segment and took a puppy he was given off stage.

At the end of the show, Stephen said sorry to viewers, saying: "I want to apologise if we upset anyone with the puppies. Obviously that was not our intention, if we have upset you I do apologise."

Simon also addressed the matter on his Twitter page, writing: "I wasn't aware puppies were going to be on BGMT tonight. Trust me, it won't happen again. They're on their way home now."

A Britain's Got Talent spokesperson has now told Digital Spy that the canines were properly cared for and only kept in the studio for a minimal amount of time.

"We apologised on air last night during the show if anyone was upset by the item," the rep said. "The dogs were provided by a reputable, licensed animal agency and were under the care of their handlers at all times.

"The dogs were only brought in to the studio for a short time before they were on air."

According to the website, they also had their very own trailer - a luxury that isn't even afforded to the BGT contestants.

There is still a dog act to look forward to on the main show, with Lucy and her adorable pooch Trip Hazard set to compete in one of the live semi-finals later this week.

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