Two fire crews from Tenbury Wells attended along with a boat and water rescue team from Worcester, the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich and the SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) boat. They found that two dogs were stranded next to the water near Rochford Church in Lower Rochford, and three sheep were trapped in a similar position further down the river.
Station Commander Grant Wills from H&WFRS explained: "This was a challenging situation for rescue crews. They arrived at the scene to find animals trapped at different points along a fast flowing river in the dark. We managed to rig up lighting and launch a rescue boat to reach the dogs and they were brought to safety just before 11pm. However the search for the sheep had to be called off until the morning because of the conditions."
He confirmed that the three sheep were rescued in daylight earlier this morning by the farmer who owned them and that although they were cold and wet, they were otherwise unharmed.
The dogs, a Labrador and a springer spaniel, were cared for by the farmer overnight while police appealed for their owner to come forward and then handed back to their owner earlier today.