RSPCA officers have been kept busy rescuing stranded animals as torrential rain causes flooding across England and Wales. More than 480 flood related incidents have been logged with the charity since last Thursday.
RSPCA officers have been kept busy rescuing stranded animals as torrential rain causes flooding across England and Wales.
The total number of flood related incidents logged from Thursday (November 22, 2012) to Sunday (Nov 25) was 485, with the bulk of these in the South West, Wales and West Midlands.
Efforts began on Thursday as residents were evacuated from Billing Aquadrome residential caravan park in Northamptonshire due to fears the site would flood; the RSPCA was contacted to help find temporary homes for residents’ pets during the evacuation.
On Friday, RSPCA teams rescued four horses from a flooded field in Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire. The animals were unable to feed and the owner was unable to get through the flood water in order to move them.
RSPCA officers braved the icy water to catch the horses and walk them to a drier area, from which their owner was able to load them into a trailer and transport them to safety.
RSPCA inspector Jason Finch, who has been carrying out flood rescues in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, said: “At times like these it is amazing to see all the authorities and charities pulling together to help those in need.
“The RSPCA has been happy to assist where possible and will offer our services in future should they be required.”
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