AS RSPCA Week continues in full swing, specially trained officers have taken part in a live training scenario to highlight the rescue work the charity carries out.

Live exercise 2While the rehabilitation and rehoming aspects of the RSPCA’s work are well known, many people are unaware that the charity has specially trained staff who can carry out extreme rescues and work closely with fire and rescue, mountain rescue, the police, RNLI, Coast Guard and military during major water rescue deployments and also support at rope rescues.

To highlight the work the specialist teams have to face – a live training scenario took place at Little Haven in Pembrokeshire yesterday [Wednesday 3 June]. Live exercise 3

A white bag was first placed on a cliff face at Little Haven – playing the part of an animal stuck on the ledge.

Then RSPCA inspectors Mark Roberts and Vicki Taylor abseiled down the cliff edge towards the ‘animal’ that had become stuck on the ledge and carefully brought it safely down to the beach. Live exercise 6

The rope team also included animal welfare officer Andrew Harris along with inspectors Simon Evans, Neill Manley and John Pollock.

A boat rescue team also played a part in the day by launching two RSPCA boats from Dale in Pembrokeshire. The boat team involved chief inspector Mark Thompson, inspectors Nigel Duguid, Justin Stubbs and animal welfare officer Stephen Donohue.

Live exercise 8RSPCA Cymru superintendent Martyn Hubbard said: “The RSPCA works around the clock to rescue animals from a wide range of distressing and sometimes difficult situations.

“It’s vitally important we have staff who are well trained to keep themselves safe while they carry out potentially dangerous water or cliff rescues.

“Our water rescue teams, rope rescue teams and boat crews work very closely with other agencies and these partnerships are vital to saving the lives of animals and their owners.”

Last month a rope rescue team in North Wales was mobilised to rescue a raven that had become entangled in baling twine in Powys. The raven was stuck on a nest on a 60 metre cliff in a remote area above Staylittle near Llanbrynmair, Powys. An inspector abseiled onto a small ledge to cut free the entangled raven which flew off once it was free.

This RSPCA Week we are calling on people to get involved, show support and help to raise money to help even more animals in need.

Please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/rspcaweek