RSPCA rescue animals cut off by York flooding

Three cats and seven kittens have been rescued from a house in York after it was cut off by flooding. Four chickens from a nearby house were also brought to safety.

The rescue took place on Friday afternoon after a local inspector followed up on concerns raised with the owners the previous evening.The property – on High Street, Cawood – could only be reached by boat but once launched the rescue only took about an hour.

"The rescue went very smoothly and to plan. The water was very deep, above the signposts, but it wasn’t flowing so it was like a big pond. One of the kittens was feisty but the others were pretty happy to get in the carriers and come with us.”

– RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent