London Fire Brigade expends 202 k per year saving animals – BBC News

Media captionCrews were called to an animal rescue every 16 hours

Animal rescues expense London Fire Brigade( LFB) 202,446 in the past year, it has been revealed.

London fire crews were called to rescue 542 animals – including puppies, foxes and snakes – between July 2015 and June 2016, figures from the service show.

About half of the rescued animals were cats, but the brigade also expended 978 rescuing two hamsters and 1,304 saving four squirrels.

LFB said people should call the RSPCA first for animal rescues.

According to the brigade, it costs 326 per hour to fund a fire engine and crews were called to an animal rescue every 16 hours on average in the past 12 months.

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Cost of animal rescues

277 cats

cost 102,364

92 dogs

cost 31,622

107 birds cost 40,750

18 foxes cost 7,172

4 squirrels cost 1,304

Image caption Mischief the horse was rescued from a ditch in Pinner , north west London, in April 2015

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