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SPCA Calls for Vigilance on Guy Fawkes

With Guy Fawkes just around the corner, the Royal New Zealand SPCA is calling for revellers to be mindful of animals when taking part in the celebrations.

Many animals find the noise and bright lights produced by fireworks frightening and distressing. When alarmed by fireworks, the instinctive reaction for many is to flee. Unfortunately, horses have been known to become so terrified that they injure themselves badly on paddock fencing trying to escape, and dogs and cats have been known to run away from home. This can cause much distress to owners, particularly if their pets had not been wearing appropriate identification.

“I can’t stress enough the need to have companion animals identified,” says Bob Kerridge, SPCA National President.

“Often in running away, vulnerable animals run so far they go missing and become susceptible to traffic accidents. Without identification it may be difficult to identify who the owners are.

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