Pet owners are being urged to make sure their furry friends are safe and secure during New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight.
While millions of people head out to enjoy fireworks displays across the country, many animals are probably freaking out.
Hundreds of pets end up escaping as fireworks go off, with scores of them expected to end up in animal shelters.
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RSPCA Spokesman Michael Beatty says it is easily preventable.
“Despite the warnings many people still don’t seem to understand the devastating effect fireworks can have on some animals,” Mr Beatty said.
“Often they will panic and end up on the road where of course they run the risk of being hit by cars. Sometimes they’re found kilometres from their homes.”
Pet owners are advised to keep their pets inside the house or a garage if possible or somewhere where the animal feels comfortable.
They’re also being reminded to have their pet’s identification up to date.
“It’s very hard to reunite pets with their owners if they don’t have identification that includes the owners’ telephone numbers. Ideally they should also be micro-chipped.
“We also recommend that horses should be securely stabled or removed to a location away from the fireworks.”