RSPCA warns pet owners in Sussex amid flooding

Pet owners have been urged to plan how to get their dogs and cats out of their homes amid multiple flood warnings in Sussex.

The RSPCA has advised owners to ensure they know how to keep their animals out of harm’s way should the worst happen and their home floods.

The advice comes as over 120 flood warnings have been issued across the country, most of which are in southern counties such as East and West Sussex.

Jason Finch, RSPCA national water rescue coordinator, said: “This decision is based on local conditions, the safety of our officers and forecasts of how weather and water levels could affect animals in local areas. It is also based on the number of emergency calls received by our hotline.

“The main concerns we are seeing at the moment are coming from members of the public who have seen horses or cattle in flooded fields. While we have not yet launched rescue operations, we urge pet owners and farmers to act now to ensure the safety of their animals.

“Make sure you have a plan so you know how to get your animals out of harm’s way if the worst should happen and you get caught in a flood. Floods can rise very quickly. So if there is a flood warning in your area, act early and put your flood plan into action.”

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The RSPCA’s top tips include planning escape routes, moving livestock to higher ground and keeping a supply of animal feed in case of an evacuation.

As of Thursday, November 17, the charity said it had received six flood-related calls.

The RSPCA is part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and has around 60 specially trained officers and a fleet of several rescue boats that can be launched for water rescues.

The water rescue teams are trained to operate in fast-moving and contaminated water and can be called on to assist in rescuing animals and people, and assisting communities affected by flooding. RSPCA warns pet owners in Sussex amid flooding

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