Owners rush to SPCA to fetch rescued pets

2007-11-13 00:00

PET owners streamed into the Pietermaritzburg SPCA yesterday morning to claim lost dogs that had run away from home after being traumatised by the loud bangs of fireworks set off during the weekend's Diwali celebrations.

A total of 58 dogs were brought in by the public and collected by the SPCA from Friday night to Sunday morning.

SPCA spokeswoman Maureen Vida said an “unusually high” number of dogs were brought in this year. Four dogs were killed on the N3 between Ashburton and Scottsville.

Vida said many dogs experience extreme trauma and run away from their homes in an attempt to escape the noise of fireworks.

Montrose resident Charles Guinot told The Witness yesterday morning that his Jack Russell puppy Tinker was so traumatised that she broke through a window and jumped out. Guinot and Chase Valley resident Jeeva Pillay were among 14 pet owners who recovered their pets from the SPCA yesterday.

Pillay said he was relieved to have recovered his eight-year-old German Shepherd Max, who went missing on Friday night. Vida said no animals were injured directly by fireworks, although some had to be rescued after getting stuck in palisade fences.

Vida expressed her gratitude to the public for their assistance and encouraged pet owners who lost their animals over the weekend to contact the SPCA.

In a separate incident, a Raisethorpe resident reported that her postbox was blown “to pieces” after teenagers lit a firework in it.

In another incident, an elderly woman in the CBD phoned the SPCA on Friday night, pleading for help and saying that she was “petrified and was going to lock herself in a cupboard” to escape from the noise.

No injuries to humans as a direct result of fireworks were reported in the greater Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas, said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha.

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