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RSPCA rescues horse stranded by flooding in Guildford

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RSPCA rescues horse stranded by flooding in Guildford

Published at 5:30pm 17th February 2020. (Updated at 5:41am 18th February 2020)

The RSPCA had to come to the rescue of a horse in Guildford after it became trapped by floodwater. 

The charity says their emergency teams have been working around the clock after Storm Dennis. 

Officers were called to a flooded field beside the River Wey after locals spotted a horse trapped on a tiny piece of ground with floodwater continuing to rise. 

Guildford Horse Rescue

Another team was dispatched to Water Lane in Ashford to check on a number of chickens after their runs and coops become flooded.

Officers provided food and rescued six from flooded pens.

RSPCA Hourse Rescue
RSPCA Chicken Rescue

While there they also checked on horses in a flooded field nearby - however the horses could access high ground away from the water so they were left where they were.

The RSPCA’s specialist emergency response teams were scrambled to more than 100 calls over the weekend and continue to respond to animals in need today (17 February). 

RSPCA inspector Jason Finch is the charity’s national water rescue coordinator:

“I’ve been at the RSPCA for 20 years and have been running the water team for 10 and I‘ve never known anything like this.

"We’ve been incredibly busy and our amazing staff have been working round-the-clock to help as many animals as possible.

“We’ve had more than 100 jobs tasked through to our specialist team to assess, and have had a number of dramatic rescues.

"In many cases, we’ve been able to give farmers and owners advice on how to keep their animals safe by moving them to higher land and regularly monitoring the water levels.

"In other cases, we’ve launched boats and water rescue teams to remove animals in serious danger.

Never put your own life in danger to attempt an animal rescue.

Stay informed by calling floodline on 0845 988 1188.

If you see an animal outside that looks like it is suffering or in danger, take a note of the location, time and date, and call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.