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Lucky Animals Rescued by RSPCA During Storm Desmond Flooding

10 December 2015

UK - Flood rescue teams from the RSPCA have been out saving the lives of cats, dogs, rabbits and chickens across the north of England after severe flooding has forced owners to evacuate their homes.

We've received calls about 77 flooding incidents since Friday, 4 December, with 20 flood trained officers travelling from across England and Wales to join their colleagues in Cumbria and Northumberland to assist the ongoing rescue operation.

So far our flood rescue teams have rescued eight dogs, seven cats, four rabbits and three chickens in the aftermath of storm Desmond.

Inspector Ben Strangwood, who has coordinated our flood response, said: "It's been a huge challenge as the flooding is so widespread across a large geographical area.

"Although the water levels are receding in some areas, elsewhere the water levels are expected to remain quite high which is leaving many roads inaccessible. It's extremely difficult to get around to where we need to be.

"We've received a lot of calls, mainly to help people who've had to leave their animals when they've evacuated their homes. However, we've also had to contend with extremely dangerous conditions and fast flowing water."

Owners of animals in areas at risk of flooding are advised to move them to higher ground or other areas of safety.

Members of the public are urged never to put their own or another person’s life in danger to attempt an animal rescue.

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