Fireworks not festive for pets

Hume City Council is reminding dog and cat owners to take extra special care of their beloved pets as public fireworks take place on New Year’s Eve.

Hume Mayor Councillor Drew Jessop said dozens of dogs are found wandering the streets of Hume after being spooked by fireworks and breaking out of their backyard.

“Council is aware of the increased number of dogs that are taken to animal shelters on or just after New Year’s celebrations, with fireworks often being the cause,” Cr Jessop said.

“Dogs have incredibly sensitive hearing and a pet that may normally appear quite placid could become frightened because of fireworks, and jump a fence which is usually high enough to secure them.

“Owners should do everything they can to ensure both cats and dogs are safe and secure inside their property.”

Here are just some of the ways you can keep your pets safe during fireworks and other festivities:

  • contain your animal in your house or garage overnight
  • ensure there is a comfortable bed, plenty of water and some food available if you are going out on New Year's Eve or Australia Day
  • leave your pet with a friend or family member who is not going out
  • ensure your pet wears appropriate identification and registration tags at all times, just in case they do escape.

“Owners of registered pets will also have received text messages from Council, with a further reminder to secure pets over the upcoming New Year’s festivities,” Cr Jessop said.

 "All Hume residents should make sure that their pet is microchipped, registered, and a wearer of its current registration tag, so that they may be returned if it disappears.”

 If you see a stray animal wandering the streets, please contact Council on 9205 2200.

Posted on 3:00 PM, 28 December 2016

Updated : 5:44 PM, 28 December 2016

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