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Stranded horses get RSPCA emergency food drop in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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An RSPCA flood team delivered food to 11 horses in a barn in Gloucester on Thursday (February 13) who have been completely cut off by floodwater.

There was concern for the animals stranded by the recent torrential weather and so a small team of water-trained inspectors transported around 40 bales of hay in a boat.

The hay almost completely filled one boat which had to be pushed by the inspectors travelling alongside it in another boat. It was taken over flooded water to the horses who are just off the A440 ring road near the city.

Chief inspector Lee Hopgood said: “The horses are in the middle of a complete lake of water now. They are in stables in a barn which is raised so they are sheltered and safe, but it is impossible for anyone to get to them to give them feed without a boat so we were a bit worried about them.

“It was a bit of a wobbly ride for the hay, but we managed to get it across the water safely and dryly after a bit of careful navigation. We managed to check on the horses at the same time too and give them water.

“The horses certainly won’t be going hungry now - they have got plenty of food to be getting on with.”

The RSPCA has several flood teams rescuing animals in various parts of the country during the recent extreme weather - with almost 400 animals saved since Monday, February 10.

The flood rescue team have helped 741 animals affected by floods since January 1.

As well as horses given extra feed and moved to higher ground; cats, chinchillas and dogs have been rescued from properties; and in one case 15 chickens were rescued from a scrap yard and boarded with a volunteer.

RSPCA flood rescue co-ordinator Jason Finch, said: “The water rescue teams on the ground are doing an amazing job with limited resources.

“We will continue to do everything we can to help animals, and humans, during this difficult time and are so grateful for all the support our workers have received from the public.”

Anyone who thinks they may be able to help should contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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