Animal rescues by London fire brigade rise 20% in pandemic year

Firefighters called to 755 animal incidents in 2020, with cats most commonly in need of help

London firefighters encountered a surge in callouts to rescue animals in 2020, figures show.

The London fire brigade (LFB) was involved in 755 such incidents – more than two a day. The number of rescues rose by 20% compared with 2019 when there were 602, with the biggest rise coming in the number of non-domestic animals rescued, according to the data.

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