Horse insurance: New vehicle unveiled for animal rescues

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Horse insurance: New vehicle unveiled for animal rescues

A new specialist vehicle to aid animal rescues has been unveiled in Hampshire, horse insurance policyholders have been told.

The vehicle, which has been added to the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's fleet, cost £75,000 and has been funded by a pet insurance company, BBC Hampshire & Isle of Wight reported.

Every year, the service responds to around 350 calls relating to animals in distress, including horse boxes involved in accidents.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue have a specially trained unit of four officers, one of whom attends every animal incident.

Recently, two members from the specialist unit, Jim Green and Anton Phillips, received the Tarquin Trophy from the British Horse Society for their "significant contribution to equestrian safety".

Speaking of the vehicle acquisition, animal rescue team leader Mr Green said: "The main requirement of the Hampshire vehicle was to transport a crew across a variety of terrains in all weather conditions as well as to carry a large range of animal rescue equipment."

Earlier this week, Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary was presented with the North of Ireland Veterinary Association Award for Animal Welfare, recognising the work that it does towards animal safety.

November 25th 2010

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