“There’s a dog on the roof – it may be dead” – is a call any RSPCA inspector would dread.

But thankfully RSPCA inspector Nigel Duguid – one of Wales’ longest serving inspectors – came away from what could have been a distressing and serious call – with a smile on his face.

Toy dog PT Nov18 pic2The dog the caller had spotted on top of a flat roof of the Elim Pentecostal Church on Dalton Road in Port Talbot was in fact … a TOY!

Inspector Duguid said: “I must admit it was such a relief – as I had been preparing myself for what could have been an extremely distressing and difficult job, and then I realised that it wasn’t a dog at all!

“From a distance it was difficult to see what was on the roof. It is good to know that there are people out there who are looking out for animals, as our caller had no idea that it wasn’t a real dog. We really appreciate all the calls we get telling us about animals in distress. Members of the public are certainly our eyes and our ears.

“We get calls to all sorts of things – all animals of all shapes and sizes and species – but in my 37 years as an RSPCA inspector I have never been called to rescue a cuddly toy before!”

The RSPCA receives more than 1.1 million calls to its 24-hour emergency hotline each year, but some of the calls provide some light relief from the usually distressing complaints of cruelty.

Toy dog PT Nov18 pic4Concerns for the welfare of animals should be reported to the RSPCA’s emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999 or via the charity’s website.

To help the RSPCA continue responding to calls to help animals please donate by visiting www.rspca.org.uk/give.