FLOODING: RSPCA water rescue team on standby
RSPCA inspector Jason Finch — the charity’s national water rescue coordinator — said: “Due to the expected heavy rain over the next couple of days falling on already saturated ground we have put the water rescue team on standby until Monday.
“Our control centre will inform our water rescue coordinators in the regions of any flood-related incidents so they can monitor and respond where necessary.
“Our teams are specially trained to respond to animals in need during flooding and we’d urge any members of the public who are concerned for the welfare of animals, whether pets, livestock or wildlife, due to flooding to contact our emergency 24-hour hotline on 0300 1234 999.
“We’d also like to remind other emergency services and agencies that we’re here to help with any animal rescues.”
The RSPCA said its specialist water rescue team was called to eight reports of flooding incidents overnight and 12 calls today (Friday).
Seven of today’s calls related to horses in South Yorkshire.
The RSPCA received eight reports of flooding incidents overnight with which local officers were able to assist.
The Government’s Flood Information Service issued five severe flood warnings for the River Don in Doncaster, out of 111 flood warnings and 113 alerts across England.
The RSPCA has an experienced team of around 60 officers — trained to work in fast and contaminated water — to rescue both people and animals and provide assistance to communities affected by flooding.
The charity advises all animal owners to ensure their pets and livestock stay safe in harsh weather conditions, including periods of wet weather which can lead to flooding.
Jason added: “Make sure you have a plan so that you know how to get your animals out of danger if the worst was to happen and you found yourself caught up in flooding.
“Floodwater can rise very quickly so if there is a flood warning in your area then act early and put your flood plan into action.
“Don’t put your own life or another’s life in danger to attempt an animal rescue and call us for help in an emergency.”