RSPCA rescue teams have welcomed a dry spell in the weather after being called out to numerous horses and other animals stranded by flooding in past weeks.

On one of the worst days for flooding, 22 November, the charity received more than 80 calls relating to animals affected by flood waters.

In Leicestershire, four horses were rescued from a flooded field in Sileby Road, Barrow-upon-Soar and crews were also called to Granite Way, Mountsorrell.

Horses were also reported as being in danger in London Road, Wellingborough, Northants. All three call-outs took place on 23 November.

Then on Monday (26 November) crews were called out to two horses stuck in waist-high water in Durham.

And on Wednesday (28 November) four horses were trapped up to their necks in flood waters after the Trent burst its banks in south Derbyshire.

Gloucestershire was the location on 29 November, where a group of horses on land near Walham had become stranded and were unable to feed or drink.

Hay and water was ferried to the horses by boat and a vet also checked them over.

“The weather seems to have settled down now which is a relief,” said a spokesman for the RSPCA.