RSPCA officers rescue animals after residents are evacuated because of flooding fears

RSPCA officers were called in to rescue a number of animals after their owners were ordered to evacuate from Billing Aquadrome and Cogenhoe Caravan Park in Northamptonshire because of the risk of flooding.

Authorities took the decision on Monday to evacuate residents. Both sites were closed yesterday (Tuesday, May 1).

As many residents have pets on the site, the RSPCA was contacted to help find temporary homes for the animals during the evacuation.

A number of officers from the RSPCA attended and offered help in transporting any animals from the site.

RSPCA chief inspector James Lucas, who attending the incident along with his staff, said: “When we heard about the incident we immediately offered what help we could, including one officer coming in to work even though they were on annual leave.

“When we first arrived we were asked to take five dogs and four cats to local kennels. Then the management team decided that further animals could stay with their owners at the reception centre and provision was made to ensure their welfare.

“We then returned to the caravan site to remove any other animals that had been left. One rabbit was found and this was taken home by one of our officers, who will care for it until it is safe for its owners to return home. We also rescued a cat, dog and hamster. A parrot was fed and left on site as the move may have been detrimental to its welfare.

“At times like these it is amazing to see all the authorities and charities pull together to help those in need. The RSPCA has been happy to assist where possible and will offer our services in future should they be required.”

The RSPCA is working towards returning the animals back the owners today (Wednesday, May 2).