Rescuers scale church to save . . . cud­dly toy!

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS - ZARA WHE­LAN zara.whe­lan@reach­plc

WHEN wor­ried an­i­mal lovers saw what ap­peared to be a mo­tion­less dog on the roof of a church, they called the RSPCA.

And when of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene they were quick to scale the build­ing to res­cue what they thought was a poorly an­i­mal.

How­ever, a close in­spec­tion found the “an­i­mal” on the roof of the Elim Pen­te­costal Church in Dal­ton Road, Port Tal­bot was in fact a stuffed toy.

One in­spec­tor said it was the first time he had ever been called out to res­cue a cud­dly toy.

In­spec­tor Duguid, who at­tended the call, said: “I must ad­mit it was such a re­lief – as I had been pre­par­ing my­self for what could have been an ex­tremely dis­tress­ing and dif­fi­cult job, and then I re­alised that it wasn’t a dog at all!

“From a dis­tance it was dif­fi­cult to see what was on the roof.

“It is good to know that there are peo­ple out there who are look­ing out for an­i­mals, as our caller had no idea that it wasn’t a real dog.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate all the calls we get telling us about an­i­mals in dis­tress. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are cer­tainly our eyes and our ears.

“We get calls to all sorts of things – all an­i­mals of all shapes and sizes and species – but in my 37 years as an RSPCA in­spec­tor I have never been called to res­cue a cud­dly toy be­fore!”

The RSPCA re­ceives more than 1.1 mil­lion calls to its 24-hour emer­gency hot­line each year, but some of the calls pro­vide some light re­lief from the usu­ally dis­tress­ing com­plaints of cru­elty. ■ Con­cerns for the wel­fare of an­i­mals should be re­ported to the RSPCA’S emer­gency num­ber on 0300 1234 999 or via the char­ity’s web­site.

The stuffed toy dog.

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