Fire service saves 516 pets

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been called out to 516 pet-related incidents over the past five years.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been called out to 516 pet-related incidents over the past five years.

Hundreds of pets have been rescued by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service over the past five years, Home Office figures have revealed

Between April 2012 and March 2017, the service rescued 516 animals.

They included 317 pets, 69 livestock and 130 wild animals, including birds. Cats stuck up trees remained the most common animal rescue.

Animals being trapped was the most common reason for animal-related callouts, accounting for 45% of cases.

On average, more than six firefighters dealt with each animal rescue.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA works very closely with the emergency services and the charity is always very grateful for any help it receives from them.”