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Each week the RSPCA receives calls from people asking for help rescuing cats stuck up trees, but the charity is also regularly called out to some rather more unusual situations.
Last year, the charity reports it collected and rescued 194,965 animals and has now revealed some of the strangest and saddest rescues of the past 12 months. There were some unusual rescues; a fox found on a shelf, a mouse inside a toaster and a cat with her head stuck in a tin can.
“From gas explosions to oil spills and floods to strange and unusual rescues like a dog in a plughole – our officers are trained to be able to deal with any situation,” says Jason Finch, RSPCA national flood rescue coordinator.
He continued: “Bringing animals to safety and reuniting pets and farm animals with their grateful owners, as well as seeing wildlife re-released into their natural habitat, is one of the best parts of the job.”
Maybe one of the most unusual rescues of 2012, the charity says, was Little Emma, a Yorkshire terrier whose foot got stuck in the plug hole of a bath. RSPCA officers ended up having to remove the whole plug and taking out a bath panel to free her.