Owners advised to secure pets during fireworks

2013-12-30 00:00

WITH loud bangs expected across the province tomorrow as the New Year is heralded in, pet owners are advised to keep their dogs in a secure area and to consult their vets to get tranquillisers for them.

This is the advice from the Pietermaritzburg Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

SPCA manager Alistair Sinclair said people must keep their pets locked in places where they will be safe during this period. “They must go to their vets to get tranquillisers for their pets to ensure that they are not scared during the use of fireworks,” he said.

Sinclair also said people must show maturity and not buy fireworks that resemble “big bombs” that scare pets.

Sinclair said their offices will be open tomorrow evening from 6 pm to probably about 2 am to cater for frightened pets. “We will have people manning our offices and we will be on 24-hour stand-by,” he said.

He said they would also have vehicles that will be monitoring the situation.

Acting Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said there are “pet friendly” fireworks that are stocked by some registered fireworks dealers. “The safe use of fireworks is encouraged and that is done by following the safety rules and guidelines written on fireworks,” she said.

Madonda said with regard to New Year’s celebrations, the bylaws allow for fireworks to be set off from 11 pm on New Year’s Eve to 1 am on New Year’s Day. “Anyone found contravening the city’s bylaws will be charged and will face the penalty prescribed by the law,” she said.

Madonda said if a person was convicted, that person would be liable to pay the costs of repairing any damage resulting from the offence.

Durban SPCA could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Sapa reported that eThekwini’s bylaws stipulate that detonation of fireworks is only allowed from 11.45 pm on New Year’s Eve until 12.15 am on New Year’s Day.

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