An­i­mal res­cue

SOUTH BUCKS ONE OF THE HOTSPOTS IN COUNTY FOR CALL-OUTS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By JAS­MINE RAPSON Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

FIG­URES un­earthed fol­low­ing a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest found Bucks Fire and Res­cue were called out to a to­tal of 187 an­i­mal­re­lated in­ci­dents across South Bucks, Wy­combe, Ayles­bury Vale and the Chiltern dis­tricts from 2014 to 2018.

The most an­i­mal res­cue op­er­a­tions took place in Ayles­bury and South Bucks, af­ter fire­fight­ers were called out to both ar­eas 56 times.

A to­tal of 48 an­i­mal res­cues took place in Wy­combe and a fur­ther 27 in the Chilterns – how­ever Bucks Fire and Res­cue did not re­veal the types of an­i­mals they res­cued.

Over the past year Bucks Fire and Res­cue has pub­lished de­tails of nu­mer­ous an­i­mal res­cue in­ci­dents online, in­clud­ing dogs and cows trapped in mud, and even a pi­geon that got stuck in a chim­ney.

A to­tal of 23 in­ci­dents across the four dis­tricts were re­lated to an­i­mals trapped in wa­ter or mud, while fire­fight­ers were called out to 10 in­ci­dents of an­i­mals stuck below ground.

There were dozens of calls due to an­i­mals stuck at height, in­clud­ing trees, house roofs and gar­den sheds.

A to­tal of 90 in­ci­dents were listed by the fire ser­vice as “trapped an­i­mal”, in­clud­ing one on a bridge in Rec­tory Hill, Amer­sham, while three in­ci­dents were listed as “an­i­mal harm”.

A fur­ther 12 calls were listed as “heavy an­i­mal” res­cue op­er­a­tions, while three were listed as “other”.

In July fire­fight­ers res­cued a horse which got stuck in a ditch in Ban­gors Road South, in Iver.

In Jan­uary last year fire teams were called out to help a dog that had be­come trapped be­tween a metal fence post and a garage wall, and in Oc­to­ber 2016 Bucks Fire and Res­cue re­leased pictures of teams res­cu­ing a cow that got stuck in the mud.

IM­AGE: @FIREGERRARDSX

Fire­fight­ers res­cue a horse from a road­side ditch in Iver

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