While many people will enjoy the celebrations around Guy Fawkes next Monday, many pets are traumatised by fireworks, SPCA chief executive Andrea Midgen says.
Each year the SPCA receives dozens of calls relating to fireworks issues, including injured or frightened animals, missing pets and, occasionally, the abuse of animals.
“Many animals have acute hearing, so loud bangs can really scare them. Fireworks can be terrifying to pets, who become highly stressed by them,” Ms Midgen said.
“Unfortunately, Guy Fawkes can lead to animals running away and going missing, injuring themselves or becoming susceptible to traffic accidents. We urge pet owners to keep their pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes Night.”
The SPCA does not support the private sale and use of fireworks and has long called for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public.