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London Fire Brigade rescue more than 500 animals in a year

Animal rescues cost London Fire Brigade more than £200,000 in the past year, it has been revealed.

Firefighters were called to rescue 542 animals - including dogs, foxes and snakes - between July 2015 and June 2016, data released to the BBC shows.

About half of the rescued animals were cats, but the brigade also spent thousands rescuing hamsters and squirrels.

The brigade said people should call the RSPCA first for animal rescues.

  • 16 Aug 2016