An­i­mal hos­pi­tal

This unique Isuzu will save thou­sands of an­i­mals

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

op­er­ate in re­mote ar­eas that have lost power. The body, de­signed by Ram­bler Con­cept Ve­hi­cles in Campbellfield, Vic­to­ria, took a year to build.

The idea for build­ing the ve­hi­cle came dur­ing Vic­to­ria’s 2009 Black Satur­day bush­fires, which had a mas­sive impact on wildlife (the RSPCA es­ti­mates up to a mil­lion an­i­mals died) as well as peo­ple.

It is a multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle with a body de­signed to be flex­i­ble, based on a truck that is de­pend­able and can be used in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions. It will be on call 24/7, says RSPCA an­i­mal ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive man­ager He­len Cocks.

On the road since Fe­bru­ary, it is equipped to re­spond quickly to dis­as­ters but also makes a dif­fer­ence from day to day. The RSPCA uses the MAC as a rov­ing de­sex­ing, mi­crochip­ping and vac­ci­na­tion unit.

It is also be­ing used to help pro­mote the ac­tiv­i­ties of the RSPCA, a char­ity aimed at pro­tect­ing and car­ing for an­i­mals as well as treat­ing an­i­mals as part of the group’s many wel­fare pro­grams.

‘‘ Not only will MAChelp pre­pare us for fu­ture emer­gen­cies but it also sig­nif­i­cantly en­hances the RSPCA’s reach to pro­mote a range of wel­fare initiatives,’’ Cocks says.

The truck se­lected by the RSPCA is an FSD 850, pow­ered by a 7.8-litre six­cylin­der turbo diesel with 176kW and 706Nm.

Cocks says it was im­por­tant to choose the right ma­chine for the job.

‘‘ When you are fight­ing against na­ture and try­ing to save an­i­mals’ lives, you need a ve­hi­cle that is func­tional and re­li­able,’’ she says.

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