Fire service is called to rescue hundreds of cats and it costs thousands

cat on wall-2Over the past 3 years the London Fire Brigade has been called out 1,700 times to rescue animals.

Many of the call outs were to proverbial ‘cat up a tree’ incidents, and rescuing cats made up around half the calls.  A number had become trapped on a roof.  The data does not reveal if they were hot tin ones.

Among the more bizarre incidents include a snake on the roof of the Regent’s Park mosque, a squirrel stuck in a satellite dish in Wandsworth and a budgie in Upper Norwood that had to be rescued from a ‘precarious position’.

The data for the financial years 2012-15 shows that while domestic pets including cats, dogs, rabbits and hamsters, make up most of the incidents the service is has also been involved in helping larger animals, including horses, ponies and cows. Wildlife has also been given a helping hand with trapped foxes saved and many birds freed from netting.

The London Fire Brigade estimates that animal rescues cost more than £150,000 a year and suggest that people first contact the RSPCA if they need help.

The data shows that a number of incidents involved the fire service subsequently being called in to assist RSPCA officers.

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Cats are the top dogs when it comes to pet ownership in the city

 

Cats are the top dogs when it comes to pet ownership in the city

cat lying down-2We may be a nation of dog lovers but Londoners, it appears, prefer cats.

A survey of pet ownership by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association found that 23% of households in the UK owned a dog and 17% a cat. In London cats win the pet rivalry contest with 13% of households compared to 10% that have a dog.

Pet ownership

The PFMA carry out the survey every year. This year they spoke to 8,323 people, 1291 of them in London.  London has the lowest proportion of pet ownership of any region of the UK, likley due to the lifestyle of the urban population and the lack of gardens for many.

Ownership level of some animials in the London sample group were too samll to be quantified and therefore are registered as zero. This does not suggest that nobody in London owns a hamster or a caged bird.

London came closest to the national average in keeping fish. Nationally 8% of households have a fish tank indoors compared to 6% in London, according to the survey. And 3% of London households have a pond in the garden compared to 5% nationally.

According to the PFMA there are 58 million pets in the UK. That’s nearly as many as there are people. 46% of households have a pet.

The nation’s dog lovers live in Northern Ireland, where 41% of households have a dog, followed by 37% in the North East of England. The East of England and the South West are the country’s leading lovers of cats.

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Rise in dog thefts hits outer boroughs hardest

dog walking3 or 4 dogs were stolen every week in London last year, and the numbers were up by around 15% on 2013. While dognapping is a relatively rare crime it can be traumatic when an animal that has become like a member of the family is taken away.

Figures released by the Metropolitan Police in response to a Freedom of Information request show that there were 190 reported dog thefts in 2014. This was up from 165 in 2013 and at a similar level to the 194 stolen in 2012.

Combining the numbers over the past three years shows that the greatest problem is in the outer boroughs of Greenwich, Croydon and Bromley. The highest numbers in inner city boroughs were in Lambeth and Southwark.

Dog theft

The lowest level of dog theft was recorded in Richmond with just 4 thefts over the 3 years.

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hThe area of London with the friendliest dogs is ….yes, you might have guessed, Barking.

Among the mass of data collected by the London Ambulance Service are the figures for injuries caused by large animals, which are mostly dog bites.  The data tells us that over a 3 year period there were 7 injuries for every 1000 Londoners. But take a bow Barking and Dagenham, where it is half that. Contrary to the stereotype that it is the poorer areas of outer London where the dangerous dogs prowl, it is Kensington and Chelsea where you need to watch out for snappy pooches. The royal borough has nearly twice as many injuries as the average.

As incident numbers are relatively low overall, about one per day, Urbs combined the available data across a 3 year period from March 2012 to Feb 2015.  In that time there were 1212 injuries.

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