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Revealed: The animals rescued by Havering firefighters in the past year

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 May 2018

A runaway goat has been causing residents in Cranham to be on the lookout. Photo: Zoe Richardson

A runaway goat has been causing residents in Cranham to be on the lookout. Photo: Zoe Richardson

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Eleven animals have been rescued by fire fighters in the borough since the start of the year - more than throughout the whole of last year - it has been revealed.

London Fire Brigade has released figures on the number of animal rescues they have carried out in a bid to encourage residents to ring the RSPCA, rather than 999, for emergency animal assistance.

Cats are the most common creature rescued by the borough’s firefighters, with six call-outs this year so far.

There have also been two horse-related rescues as well as one for a bird, another for a deer and a third for a dog.

It seems that this trend is on the increase, with the brigade having attended only 10 animal-related rescues in 2017.

This is higher than neighbouring Redbridge, where firefighters have been called to rescue only four animals.

Across the capital the brigade attended 539 animal rescues across the city last year, which is around 10 a week and there have already been more than 100 rescued by crews so far in 2018.

It is estimated that each call out to a special service incident, such as an animal rescue, costs the brigade £328.

LFB group manager Mark Hazelton added: “We know that as a city of animal lovers, Londoners want to help straight away if they see an animal in distress and pet owners will know that their furry friends can quickly and easily get themselves into all sorts of trouble.

“But I do just want to reiterate that it’s always best to contact the RSPCA in the first instance, and if they require our assistance, they will call us and we are happy to assist with our specialist equipment.”

In a related incident, the Recorder last month investigated reports on social media of mysterious goat sightings in Heron Way, Avon Road, Front Lane and even the A127.

On April 26, police were called to reports of the troublesome goat in Avon way - named Gloria - which they reunited with her owner, a Cranham resident.

If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999

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