The animal rescue sac was developed by John Ellis Roberts, who was the Snowdonia National Parks head warden for many years, and who carried out many hundreds of cliff rescues of sheep and other animals over the years. It is used by the RSPCA and others teams around the country, and allows animals to be safely enclosed and removed from their predicament in the best way possible. It is particularly suitable for cliff rescues.
- Heavy duty PVC tarpaulin fabric and 40 mm polyester webbing.
- Dimensions of 90 cms high and 90 cms diameter at top tapering to 50 cms diameter at base.
- The base and lower sides have drainage holes.
- The top edge is corded through eyelets for animal containment and closure.
- The base and lower 30 cms are double fabric, and have drainage holes to clear liquid and to help cleaning.
- All haulage points are triple sewn.
- 4 carrying/hauling loops at top are part of reinforcement around the base.
- A loop at the base allows a rope to be attached to manage cliff raises and lowers.
- The sac completely envelopes, for example, a large sheep (or two small ones), and so significantly reduce the risk of danger to the rescuer from animal movement.
- The animal is in a darkened space and so struggling is reduced and it becomes calmer, and is protected by the heavy duty sac material from abrasion against, for example, cliff faces, etc.
- The sewn- on webbing loops provide ample means for attaching rescue ropes, and also for holding the sac away from a cliff whilst being raised or lowered.