Dogs have a better day of it during Diwali

2010-11-09 00:00

BUMPER sales of pet sedatives combined with the rain and greater responsibility on the part of animal owners made this one of the better years for last week’s celebrations Diwali and Guy Fawkes.

Terrified by the fireworks, 15 dogs were taken to the South Coast SPCA. Two others were hit by cars in Uvongo and Umtentweni, but survived.

There were fewer traumatised animals than in previous years, said the manager of the South Coast SPCA, Alistair Sinclair.

Sinclair put this down partly to the attention that has been drawn to the danger of fireworks and how they can harm animals, stricter enforcement of laws governing sales of fireworks and the rain that put a damper on the fireworks.

Veterinarian Dr Claire Norton, who was on duty for the Margate and Port Shepstone clinics, said a “huge amount of pet sedative” was sold. “There has been a lot of awareness about this over the past years and it seems that people have learnt that they need to sedate their animals during this time when pets are terrified.

“There are also a lot of responsible owners who stay at home with their pets when there are fireworks to comfort them.”

Norton said the only pet brought to her practice was a bull mastiff found running up Old St Faiths Road on Saturday morning. He has a leather collar and is in good condition, but has yet to be claimed.

Sinclair said 15 dogs were brought to the SPCA, but he expects more this week — the “stragglers”, he added, “which have run a long way from home”.

He urged people missing their animals to come to the SPCA to see if they can identify their pets.

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