An animal in distress - when to call 112?
In emergency situations involving animals, it is useful to remember that you should only call the 112 emergency number if there is a significant threat to public safety or if special equipment or expertise that can be provided by the authorities is required.
- Animal-related situations to be reported to the police include animal protection offences and public disturbances caused by animals, such as an animal endangering traffic getting lost on a motorway or a major predator being sighted in an urban area.
- The rescue services should be called when animals classified as property such as farm production animals are in urgent distress and/or a lifting platform or other special equipment is required. Such situations include rescuing an animal from a collapsed building or if an animal has fallen through the ice or down a well.
When should you call the 112 emergency number in a case involving an animal?
For instance when
- a cow is stuck in a sludge well
- a deer animal has fallen on ice
- a child has been bitten by an adder
- a deer animal or horse is running on the motorway
- a major predator is moving in an urban area
Do not call 112 when, for example
- an animal is found dead
- a one-footed seagull is seen on Market Square
- a cat refuses to come down from a tree
- there are apparently orphaned young birds on the ground
- the animal suffers a seizure