Bank Holiday information and emergency numbers

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The following numbers may be useful over the National and Bank Holiday periods:-

Our National Cruelty Line: 0300 1234 999

For injured stray animals – The Police (Greater Manchester Police Force Instructions) may call on the services of an emergency veterinary surgeon.  If you find an animal which is injured or has been involved in a road traffic accident, please telephone the police in the first instance and ask them to authorise this.

 Stray dogs – The RSPCA does not collect stray dogs.  They are the responsibility of your local authority and should be reported to their Dog Warden Service:  Tameside Dog Warden (Stray dogs Lost/Found): 0161 342 8355 (weekdays between 8am-4pm) 0161 334 0042 (between 4pm-8am, weekends and bank holidays). High Peak Dog Wardens: 0845 129 7 777 or 01298 28400

For horses or other livestock on highway, in Greater Manchester call the GM police or in the High Peak if unlikely to cause an accident please use the non emergency number: 101.  However, if the animal is likely to cause an accident ring 999.

For injured wildlife, if it is safe and practical, please take them to a local vet.  Please be aware that the National Control Centre (0300 1234 999) will often ask callers to call a local vet, if an officer is unavailable to get to an animal quickly, rather than leave an animal in distress. If the situation is urgent, please remain patient and hang on until they can answer your call.

Tameside Emergency Vets: Most veterinary practices offer a recorded message to direct you to their out of hours service or an alternative practice which they use such as Medivet Mossley 24 hours, or Petmedics Walkden: 0161 799 2299. Please have a pen and paper to hand when you ring.

Glossop emergency vets: Victoria Veterinary Practice provide emergency cover Tel: 01457 852367

Please be aware that the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, due to the current Coronavirus emergecy is closed to new clients is only accepting those who are already registered with them except in a life threatening emergency.   You now need to ring the hospital with your details to make an appointment as this will avoid a packed waiting room and queue at the door.  This is to protect pet owners themselves and the staff working in the hospital.  You will need to ring them to make an appointment.  The number to ring is 0300 123 0711.

The PDSA also provides low cost treatment for animals whose owners live in an M post code area but again due to the Coronavirus is closed except for emergencies until further notice: PDSA, 7 Warwick Road South, Old Trafford, M16 0JW Tel: 0161 881 0222.  You must be in receipt of Housing (help with rent) or Council Tax benefit (support/ reduction) take proof of benefit and ID when you attend.