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RSPCA issues flood advice ahead of thunderstorms

With the current heatwave set to finish this week and thunderstorms sparking a potential risk of flooding, the RSPCA has issued some advice on how to protect animals from the heavy downpour.

The Met office has issued a warning that from today (Wednesday) into Thursday there is the potential for intense thunderstorms and torrential showers.

RSPCA companion animal scientist Alice Potter said: “This changing weather is really keeping us on our toes – one day we are giving advice on keeping animals cool and the next we are talking about flooding but it’s best to be prepared.

Pet owners should keep an eye on the weather forecast in their area and plan ahead to make sure their animals are safe.

“It might be necessary to keep cats inside if the winds become very extreme. Dog owners should plan walks so that the extreme weather can be avoided. Two or three shorter walks may be a better option to avoid being out in the wet weather for a long period of time.

“We can all take simple steps to help animals during extreme weather however our inspectors are on-call around the clock so they can help if the worst should happen.”

The RSPCA is part of Defra’s National Flood Response Team and we have about 100 officers trained and equipped to deal with flood stricken animals and a fleet of 35 inflatable boats.

For information and flood warnings call Floodline on 0845 988 1188, or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

In an emergency contact the RSPCA on the 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999

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