‘There’s a dog running in the road with a rubber ring on his head’ – Havering firefighters reveal odd animal rescues
PUBLISHED: 12:28 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 August 2016
Residents are urged not to call 999 if they see an animal in need of a helping hand after Havering crews were called to a dog stuck in a wine rack and a cat stuck up a tree.
London Fire Brigade has launched its I’m An Animal, Get Me Out of Here campaign in a bid to stop call-outs for unnecessary animal rescues.
The campaign has seen it release details of odd, dangerous and downright baffling ways animals have become trapped.
Havering firefighters have been called out to rescue a dog trapped in a wine rack and a labrador found running in the road with a rubber ring around its head.
Since 2009, man’s best friend has been rescued from places, including fox holes and railings.
In one instance firefighters were called to remove a can stuck on a dogs *** in Collier Row. Over half of the animal rescues involved dogs but they aren’t the ones to get in a pickle.
In Hornchurch a squirrel was rescued from a gutter and deer were rescued after becoming trapped in railings in Gooshays on several occasions.
On one occasion, a swan became trapped on a roof and was unable to get down, whilst the classic cat stuck up tree also features on the call out list.
The brigade’s call log, which makes a note of time, date and ward, has no record of the cause and outcome of each incident.
Across London, firefighters were called out to rescue 650 animals between 2011-12, but incidents fell to 526 last year – a drop of 20 per cent.
London Fire Brigade commissioner Ron Dobson said: “I’m pleased that our campaign has led to a reduction in animal call outs but there is still a lot to do to dispel the old stereotype about firefighters rescuing cats from trees.
“If there is a cat up a tree, or an animal stuck anywhere, the first port of call should always be the RSPCA, not the emergency services.
“Pet owners need to keep a close eye on their animals in a bid to avoid some of these situations happening.
“What’s worrying is that when firefighters are out rescuing animals, they’re not available to attend real emergencies.”