Warsaw’s Municipal Police’s Green Patrol now has five new cars. These are electric vehicles equipped to support the officers during interventions involving animals.
“We have chosen electric cars to fight global warming. But this choice is also practical, because such cars can drive on bus lanes and, as a result, get to any emergency quicker,” said Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, as he handed over the cars bought by the City.
Each vehicle has plastic cages for transporting animals and is equipped with devices for catching animals, including foldable gripping forceps, landing nets, dog catching poles, snake catching sets (bags, forceps, interchangeable tongs), and MDC wheels with nets for catching animals.
All windows in the cargo area are secured with a metal mesh to protect them from breaking by the transported animal. With their batteries fully charged, the cars will have a range of at least 120 km.
Help provided to nearly 10,000 animals
During its interventions in 2019, the Green Patrol helped 9,965 animals, 50.5% of which were birds, 47% mammals, and 2.5% reptiles.
The majority of mammals were dogs (2,272), cats (1,393), bats (371), and hedgehogs (324). As regards birds, these were usually pigeons (2,377), ducks (635), and crows (562). The most numerous reptiles were tortoises (29) and grass snakes (22), but there were also crabs, giant centipedes, bearded dragons, and geckos.
The purchased vehicles are Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans, and their total cost was PLN 1.1 m. The car purchase was financed by the City of Warsaw.
20 years of the Green Patrol
Trained officers help not only stray, abandoned or wounded animals, but also wild animals that got lost in the city. More and more often, the Green Patrol has to catch such exotic animals as pythons, agamas or spiders, which have escaped from breeders or have been abandoned by private owners.
The officers also intervene when animals are likely to pose threat to people. With their commitment and dedication, the officers help reduce the number of feral animals. They also support other services and institutions, such as the police, the State Fire Service, the District Veterinary Officer, and Urban Forests.