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31 December 2012

The RSPCA is warning South Australians to ensure their pets are safe on New Year’s Eve, as it

braces as one of its busiest nights of the year.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Inspector Simon Richards said animals find fireworks particularly distressing,

and can pose a danger to themselves and others if they take flight.

“We have rescued dogs that have jumped through windows or screen doors, suffering horrible

injuries, and saved others which have impaled themselves on fences in an attempt to escape,”

he said.

“They can suffer serious paw injuries from digging under fences or running on bitumen, and are

at risk of being hit by cars on the street.

“Sadly this can lead to serious injuries or death.

“RSPCA rescue officers received 32 calls for assistance last New Year’s Eve. On an average night,

we receive between five and ten.

“We’re appealing for South Australians to take extra care of their animals.”

Mr Richards said, if possible, dogs and cats should be kept inside with water and a favourite toy

or piece of clothing.

“If this can’t be arranged, please make sure your yard is secure. Don’t tether your dog during

fireworks as this can pose a choking hazard.

“And please make sure that your pet is clearly identifiable. They should be microchipped and

wear an ID tag with your current contact details, in the event that they do escape.”

“Pocket pets and horses can also be scared by the spectacle. Again, make sure their enclosures

are secure. If you are aware of a fireworks display being held in close proximity, ensure they are

well contained or moved to a different location for the night.

“Planning ahead is key to ensuring a happy New Year for pets as well as people.”

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