News: Treat stray animals with caution
Story by Airman 1st Class Preston Webb
RAF MILDENHALL - To ensure the safety of Team Mildenhall members, it's imperative to follow proper procedure while encountering stray animals. Animals with unknown histories could be vicious or have diseases.
In the event a stray animal is found on base, call the 100th Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operations Center immediately at DSN 238-2667 or commercial at 01638 542667.
If a passive animal is encountered off base, call Forest Heath District Council at commercial 01638-719733. Reports of stray animals will be filed according to priority. It may take longer, possibly days, for agents to respond to non-threatening animals than a report of an aggressive animal.
It is highly recommended anyone encountering a stray animal not take them home or to a veterinarian as that person becomes responsible for the animal — including medical fees and liability, should that animal harm someone.
When encountering stray animals, whether vicious or not, it's best to maintain a safe distance to prevent personal harm or spread of disease. Stray animals could be unhealthy or even hostile and must be treated with caution.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a British animal welfare charity, can also assist if a stray animal is found. For more information, call 0300 1234 999. The RSPCA has no connection or affiliation with the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force or RAF Mildenhall.