The RSPCA’s specialist emergency teams have been called to reports of 25 sheep dead and drowning in Llandeilo due the flooding caused by Storm Dennis.

Sadly, only one sheep was rescued alive by the RSPCA.

RSPCA officers also attended another incident in Llandeilo where horses were stranded.

After speaking to the owner, the horses were left in situ, as they were deemed to be at a safe place away from the water, while the water rescue team were deployed to other emergency situations.

The RSPCA’s specialist emergency teams have been deployed to an unprecedented 50+ major incidents across England and Wales in just a few hours over the course of Sunday due to flooding from Storm Dennis.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Phil Lewis, who is the water rescue coordinator in Wales and for the West & South West said: “We were alerted to 25 sheep who were in a severely flooded field in Llandeilo on Sunday afternoon (16 February). Sadly, when the call came in to us it was reported that there were already dead and drowning sheep and the flood water was tidal.

“Despite the many casualties - our officer - when it was safe - was able to rescue one sheep from the flood water. No other live sheep were seen.

“Our thoughts are very much with the farmer and others who have lost livestock due to Storm Dennis.

“Our expert water rescue teams continue to respond to incidents today.”

The RSPCA has lots of advice for all animal owners to ensure their pets and livestock stay safe in harsh weather conditions, such as flooding, on its website.

The charity urge farmers and pet owners to prepare in case of flooding so you can get your animals to safety more easily.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Never put your own life in danger to attempt an animal rescue – you can stay informed by calling floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Remember – if you see an animal outside in the cold that looks like it is suffering, take a note of the location, the time and date and call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999”