Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals thanks farmers and pet owners for heeding advice and keeping animals safe during inclement weather.

The RSPCA has thanked pet owners and farmers for keeping their animals safe during the recent stormy weather after it received only a “handful” of calls from concerned members of the public.

The RSPCA said it received only a According to the animal welfare charity, rescue teams were on standby to deal with emergencies as strong winds and rain lashed England and Wales on October 27 (2013). Happily, however, pet owners and farmers are thought to have acted on warnings and moved their animals indoors or to higher ground.

Chief inspector Dermot Murphy said: “Our inspectors and call handlers were ready to deal with any emergency situation, but, fortunately, only a handful of members of the public have called in with concerns.
 
“We’d like to thank farmers and pet owners for heeding the warnings and taking extra care of their animals during the storms.”

Weather-related incidents dealt with by the RSPCA included:

  • five ponies in a flooded field in Staverton, Gloucestershire, which were moved to safety before the inspector arrived; and
  • a herd of cows in a flooded Roydon, Essex, where an RSPCA inspector confirmed with the farmer the cattle had access to dry land and more food.

There were also reports a dog was stuck in a drain in Darfield, South Yorkshire. However, firefighters lifted the manhole cover to find no dog and it is hoped it escaped.

The storm comes at an “extremely busy” time of the year for the RSPCA, it says, as it deals with animals at risk from fireworks and bonfires, as well as those affected by severe weather and post-Christmas abandonments.

For more information, visit the RSPCA’s website.

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