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Please keep your pets safe this Halloween

Each year veterinary practices all over Ireland are inundated with dogs and cats that have become victims of fireworks and bonfires.  Many defenceless animals are tortured each year by Halloween louts and this abuse to innocent animals must be stopped.

We all know Halloween can be a very distressing time for our animals and unfortunately stray animals bear the brunt of Halloween pranks. Animals become terrified from the noise of fireworks and bangers going off near their homes and gardens which can drive them to extreme behaviour. The ISPCA would like to remind pet owners to keep your pets safe, calm and indoors and also ensure your pet wears effective identification for example an ID tag and a microchip in the event your pet escapes.  Lost and stray animals are scanned for a microchip number which ISPCA Shelters, Dog Wardens and Vets are equipped with so lost pets can be reunited with their owners.

Bonfires have a negative effect on the general environment, the local community and they are also illegal.  Possession or use of fireworks in the Republic of Ireland is illegal and many of the fireworks that are offered for sale illegally have not passed any quality control tests and are possibly defective.  The Gardai will confiscate any illegal fireworks found and will prosecute. There is a specific offence for throwing ignited fireworks in public places and the ISPCA are asking parents to be responsible in ensuring that their children do not cause injury to themselves or animals during Halloween.

If you witness an animal being subjected to cruel treatment, please notify your local Gardai and contact the ISPCA National Animal Helpline on 1890 515 515.  Please help us stop the mistreatment of animals.

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