Rescuers scale church to save . . . cuddly toy!
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.