Pets reunited with owners after traumatic weekend

2011-01-03 00:00

EMOTIONAL reunions were the order of the day yesterday at the Pietermaritzburg SPCA as pet owners claimed missing animals that had been scared off by fireworks.

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said that while the fireworks at New Year were less intense than previous years due to heavy rain, they were “horrendous” on Saturday night.

Vida said the fireworks, coupled with the intense thunder and lightning storm on Saturday night, proved to be a traumatic experience for the city’s animal population.

Vida said the holding kennels at the SPCA were filled with dogs of all varieties, mostly Jack Russells.

“We are very impressed by the amount of caring people who found traumatised dogs and brought them in. One gentleman even kept a stray he had found on his bed with him overnight.”

With the kennels filled to capacity, she urged owners who are missing pets to claim them immediately. Due to the holidays the SPCA will keep dogs for longer than the stipulated seven days before they are re-homed or euthanased. “Many of the dogs are in good condition and are well-loved pets.”

Vida said there had been injuries and deaths after dogs had been run over while fleeing fireworks.

Robert Inglis called in to say he had found a middle-aged Jack Russell at Iona Place in Boughton. He can be reached at 084 357 7333.

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