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Stranded Sheep Nearly Shrink In Wash

Farmers in Warwickshire have been warned to make sure that livestock is moved away from potential flood plains after RSPCA inspectors and firefighters had to rescue 30 sheep.

Fire crews had to come from as far as Rugby to help with the rescue in a field in Aston Cantlow between Alcester and Henley after the nearby River Alne burst its banks yesterday.

It took four inspectors and 15 firefighters three hours to save the animals.

Boats were used and a fence cut open so the sheep could be herded to safety on dry land.

Sheep had to be rescued from the same field two years ago after bad flooding.

RSPCA Inspector Simon Dix, who led the rescue, said:

“Farmers must plan ahead if they now their land is liable to flooding.

“Livestock can panic and drown trying to find an escape and we do not want animals to suffer.

“If we had not been able to pull a rescue together with the fire service so quickly yesterday, sheep could easily have died had the river continued to rise.

“River levels can rise very suddenly and I am sure no farmer wants to be faced with losing livestock.

“The RSPCA does not want to be called back to the same areas again and again to rescue livestock when it can easily be avoided by farmers taking responsible measures.”

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CWN / Environment / RSPCA  / 12 Oct 00

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