Puppy Dies From Heart Attack During Firework Display

Animals are so scared by the loud noises, it can kill them!

Fireworks are great, but please have in mind that the loud bangs and bright flashes cause animals a lot of distress. They are so frightened, they might run away, hurt themselves, or even die from fear. Molly, an18-week-old terrier died from a heart attack during firework display in South Yorkshire. Susan Paterson shared the news on social media, urging people to think of the animals. She also shared a petition, calling for a full review of laws regarding fireworks. Julie Doorne, who started the petition wrote:

"They don't only suffer psychologically, but also physically, as many attempt to run away from, or hide from, the bangs.

With extreme noise levels and people being able to let off fireworks any time of year, it's difficult for those who care for animals to be able to put measures in place to protect their animals."

The petition states that around 40% of dogs are scared of loud noises, like those caused by fireworks. Not only dogs are affected, but cats, birds, other pets, horses and wild animals, too. RSPCA has had many reports of horses harming themselves by crashing into stable doors and fences out of fear. They don't understand what's causing the noise and get very scared. The petition was signed by 500,000 people and calls for the UK Government to restrict the use of fireworks.

The petition suggests the following changes: 

- restricting private use (not just purchase) of fireworks to traditional dates like November 5th, New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, Diwali.

- Reduce maximum permitted decibels for private use fireworks from 120, which is above the human pain threshold, to 97.

- Require public firework displays to be licensed

- Require firework packaging to be labeled indicating noise level.

If you have a pet, you can keep it safe and calm by keeping them inside when fireworks are set off. Close the window and curtains, put on some music to mask the sound, pet them, hold them, create some spaces where they can safely hide. Make sure your pet is inside during fireworks, as many run away from home. If you have smaller animals, cover their cage with blankets to muffle the sound. And please, think twice before setting off fireworks. A few minutes of 'fun' can cost a life.

RIP Molly.

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