We are thanking pet owners and farmers for keeping their animals safe during the recent stormy weather.

Animal rescue teams were on standby to deal with emergencies as strong winds and rain lashed England and Wales on Sunday (October 27).

Happily pet owners and farmers are thought to have acted on warnings and moved their animals indoors or to higher ground.

Chief Inspector Dermot Murphy said:

“Our inspectors and call handlers were ready to deal with any emergency situation but fortunately only a handful of members of the public have called in with concerns.


“We’d like to thank farmers and pet owners for heeding the warnings and taking extra care of their animals during the storms.”

This is an extremely busy time of the year for us

Weather related calls included:

  • Reports a dog stuck in a drain in Darfield, South Yorkshire. An RSPCA animal welfare officer was called to the scene along with the fire service. Firefighters lifted the manhole cover but there was no dog – it is hoped that it managed to escape.
  • Five ponies in a flooded field in Staverton, Gloucestershire were moved to safety before the inspector arrived.
  • A herd of cows in a flooded Roydon, Essex. An RSPCA inspector spoke to the farmer who confirmed the cattle had access to dry land and he was giving them more food.

This is an extremely busy time of the year for us; from animals at risk from fireworks and bonfires to those affected by the severe weather such as floods, snow and ice as well as post-Christmas abandonments.

That is why we are launching the new ‘Everyday Heroes’ winter campaign next week -  which aims to highlight the unimaginable dangers facing many animals and help support the charity workers who try to rescue and protect them.

For helpful information about how to care for you animals visit our all about animals pages.

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