The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has had its work cut out this winter as 50 of its specially trained teams have been rescuing animals affected by the storms across England.

According to the charity, it has received around 150 calls for its help specifically for flood-related incidents. From December 29 (2013) to early January 2014, it assisted in the rescue of more than 130 animals, with the figure set to rise with more severe weather ahead.

On January 3, a team of RSPCA officers carried out a large scale rescue of 44 young cattle from a farm, along with three horses and six dogs – including two German Shepherds and four Chihuahuas from a flooded farm and taken to safety.

DCI John Pollock said: “It has been an immense job, but worth it to see the animals helped to a place of safety.

“The same farm flooded last year, and luckily the farmer went to great lengths to secure the farm against the worse of the weather. He had already managed to get his sheep to higher ground before the weather beat him, and that was where we were able to step in and assist.”

With forecasters predicting more bad weather, the RSPCA have a team of 15 specially trained water rescuers on standby to help.

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