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A vital community service may have to be cut back due to ageing ambulances, says a local charity.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance has had one of its busiest years ever, and this has had an effect on its ambulances which are aging much quicker than expected. The charity’s  vital night time emergency service, which is already under a lot of pressure, may have to be reduced as a result.

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Sussex based charity has launched an appeal to help save the lives of injured deer, many of which are attacked by dogs, caught in stock fencing and entangled in netting or rope swings.

If we can't get this hospital off the ground hundreds of deer will die a needless death" said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks.

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A local wildlife charity is looking to take on additional veterinary support for its casualties in care by employing a veterinary surgeon part time. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) currently has two vets which work when available to help casualties coming into care, but due to an increase in the number of casualties now being dealt with the charity is looking for another vet to come on board providing additional support.

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Volunteers at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) are asking people to be more supportive and understanding during the busy spring and summer season after a spate of rude and abusive calls.

Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex WRAS who mans the rescue line 24 hours a day almost 365 days a year said "It is getting very difficult to cope with the calls coming in at this time of year, and despite trying our best to deal with as much as we can and help as many people as we can, it is financially and physically impossible for us to help everyone and deal with all calls. Getting abusive, being rude, accusing us of being uncaring, or trying to use emotional blackmail, threatening to complain to local MPs or the Charities Commission really doesn't help. Finding a wildlife casualty is stressful and we try our best to help take in what we can or guide people toward other organisations which might be able to help."

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Animal rescuers are urging members of the public to get sick and injured animals to rescue organisations or veterinary centres after a spate of calls from people who have left wildlife casualties to suffer. Over the past 2 weeks East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has received over 15 calls from people who have taken casualties home for several days without seeking veterinary help and not realised that they have caused animals to suffer as a result.

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Animal rescuers in East Sussex are asking people if they can help support loads of Autumn orphaned hedgehogs from across the county. Over the past couple of weeks 20 orphaned hedgehogs have been rescued by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), mainly from the Hailsham, Eastbourne and Lewes area.

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A rescue service is appealing to students and teachers to check for trapped animals as they return to school from the Summer holidays over the next couple of weeks.

The plea comes after volunteer rescuers were called to cut free a hedgehog caught up in a child's football goal being stored at the side of a house in Eastbourne on Friday (28th August 2009).

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One of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service's (WRAS) two main transit veterinary ambulances has been involved in an accident on Monday night whilst returning from the Swan Sanctuary after delivering an emaciated juvenile gannet found at Seaford Head. The accident happened at 11.40pm on London Road, East Grinstead when a car pulled out of a junction in front of the ambulance.

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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service WRAS is appealing to cat and dog owners to be more careful with their pets after dealing with three badly injured casualties in less than 24 hours.

Yesterday (Monday 21st July 2009) WRAS was called to two bats which had been attacked by cats. The first was a Brown Long-eared Bat found at Framfield, which was luckily bruised with a few nasty cuts and rips to the wing membranes. The second was a Natterers Bat found at Westmeston was handed into Cliff Vets at Lewes. WRAS rescuer Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn attended and checked both bats over before delivering them to Jenny Clark at the Sussex Bat Hospital at Forest Row. Unfortunately the Natterers Bat had an badly injured leg and foot and had to be euthanised.

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Wildlife Campaigner Trevor Weeks is petitioning No 10 to get involved and stop the proposed deer culls across England. Number 10 has today approved a petition set up by Trevor on the number 10 website.

The petition is asking the Prime Minister to prevent any deer culling to reduce down road collisions and damage to farmers' crops and to look at humane long term alternatives.

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