As the flood risk moves to different parts of the United Kingdom the RSPCA is urging people to think about what will happen to their pets if they are forced to abandon their homes.

As the flood risk moves to different parts of the United Kingdom the RSPCA is urging people to think about what will happen to their pets if they are forced to abandon their homes.
 
The RSPCA is working closely with fire and rescue services in the affected areas and has carried out several rescues so far, including:Think about your pets during floods, says RSPCA.

  • Two dogs rescued from a caravan on the flooded Maesbangor Caravan Park at Aberystwyth in Wales.
  • A cat and some budgies transferred to an animal shelter after 20 basement flats on the seafront at Littlehampton in West Sussex were evacuated because of flooding.
  • 20 cattle were marooned on a bank at Cuckfield Road near Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex – requiring a six-strong RSPCA Water Rescue Team to carry out a rescue.
  • Sheep rescued near Billingshurst in West Sussex by fire brigade – some had already drowned.

 
The Environment Agency has issued warnings of possible flooding in 40 areas (as of 12.40 on June 12, 2012) – 32 in south-east England, five in Anglia and others in the midlands, south-west and north-east England.

Residents in most of these areas are on Flood Alert and are being told to “be prepared” for possible floods. However, warnings of expected flooding (requiring “immediate action”) have been noted in:Areas currently on alert for floods. Image courtesy Environment Agency website.

  • ANGLIA: Properties near the River Ouzel between Simpson and Woolstone, including Monkstone Park.
  • ANGLIA: The River Ouzel at Leighton Buzzard.
  • SOUTHEAST: The River Colne at Colney Heath, including North Mymms.
  • SOUTHEAST: The Aldingbourne and Lidsey Rifes at Felpham, including the Whitfield Close, the A259, Links Avenue and Butlins Holiday Centre.
  • SOUTHEAST: The Aldingbourne Rife at Bersted, including Addison Way, Riverside Caravan Park and the South Bersted industrial estate.

For animal owners who live in areas at risk from high water, the charity is urging them to monitor Environment Agency warnings and take steps to ensure their pets and livestock are safe, moving them to higher ground where necessary. Pet owners are also advised to take any animals that may be at risk from flooding in their gardens to a place of safety.
 
RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley said: “The public rightly feel very passionate about their animals and are often reluctant to leave them in times of crisis. It can make a difficult situation worse if they have not considered how they will care for their animals in transit or where to keep them until they can return to their homes.”

Flood image ©iStockphoto.com/Dageldog
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