Concern for livestock after North Wales fire service axes large animal rescues
Since the changes were made, eight callers with animals in difficulty have been referred elsewhere with one heifer dying because there was nobody to move it
Livestock that gets into difficulty is being put at risk because there’s no one there to rescue it anymore.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service axed its large animal rescue service on April 1 in a bid to find savings of £3.3m over the next five years.
Campaigners warned animals could face “prolonged suffering and even neglect” as a result of the change, and feared the extra strain it would put on farmers and owners who would have to deal with the problem themselves.
A Freedom of Information request by the Daily Post revealed that in the past six months, eight calls for help have been made to NWFR, and in each case the caller was told to go elsewhere.