Take care with pets during festive fireworks displays

Media release - 21 December 2018

Kempsey Shire Council is reminding residents to secure their pets safely this festive season, particularly during public fireworks displays.

Council’s Manager Development and Compliance, Graham Snow, said while fireworks are always a popular feature during New Year’s Eve celebrations, the loud and unfamiliar sound can distress some animals.

“Celebrations and fireworks displays can disturb some domestic pets. Dogs, especially, have extremely sensitive hearing and the noise can cause them to panic,” he said.

“Dogs can often do abnormal things when stressed, like chewing through or digging under fences or escaping yards.

“If owners are concerned that fireworks may affect their dog or cat they should have someone stay with their animal or secure them in the house or a garage.”

Pet owners should also ensure their dog or cat is wearing a collar and tag, with relevant contact details attached in case they do escape.

Council advises that a public fireworks display is planned for Monday, 31 December from 9:30pm on the Macleay River, outside the Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club.

Dog and fireworksBe mindful of the impact firework displays can have on pets this festive season