December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
An injured peacock on the roof of a house in Sutton is just one of many animals the capital’s firefighters have rescued so far this year - but the number of such call-outs is falling rapidly.
In the 12 months to April this year, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) made 282 animal rescues - down from 650 the previous year - which according to the brigade has saved taxpayers more than £100,000 a year.
LFB said last year’s figures, released today, were the lowest since records began in 1999.
So far in this calendar year, London’s firefighters have rescued 173 animals, including:
1) A snake on the roof of a mosque in Camden;
2) A hamster trapped in a hole in Islington;
3) A pigeon trapped in TV aerial in Richmond;
4) A dehydrated cat in distress in Greenwich;
5) A baby seagull stuck on scaffolding in Sutton
6) A bird stuck in a trampoline in Lambeth;
7) An injured peacock on the roof of a house in Sutton;
8) A puppy in a precarious position in Hackney;
9) A dog trapped on a window ledge above a betting shop in Waltham Forest;
10) A bird of prey stuck trapped on a roof.
A LFB campaign that urged concerned onlookers and pet-owners to first contact the RSPCA - not the fire brigade - if they found an animal in apparent distress has been credited with causing the fall.
LFB group manager Mark Hazelton said: “It’s excellent news that the number of animal rescues has fallen and that people have clearly taken heed of our advice. Who knows, perhaps firefighters rescuing cats from trees may soon be a thing of the past.
He went on: “As well as being time consuming, animal rescues cost the tax payer and I’m sure most people would prefer their money was being spent on training or fire prevention work, than cats up trees.”