The sudden and tremendous noise created by fireworks ended up claiming the life of a poor 18-week-old terrier, Molly, on Saturday night.
While fireworks do light up the sky and make us feel magical for a brief moment, it makes innocent beings like dogs especially nervous and scared due to the sudden and tremendous noise created by it. Unfortunately, this noisy idea of entertainment and rejoice ended up claiming the life of a little 18-week-old terrier on Saturday night. According to The Metro, the helpless pooch called Molly reportedly experienced extreme distress due to an "enormous amount of fireworks with loud bangs" going off around her house in Wombwell, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Taking to a Facebook page called Wombwell wise, Molly's devastated owner, Susan Paterson explained the tragic ordeal. Due to the enormous amount of fireworks with loud bangs going off around Wombwell and lower Darfield last night, we lost a young terrier with a heart attack, read the post. Please think of the animals. Molly was only 18 weeks old and died of FRIGHT caused by fireworks, she continued, adding, We are still trying to make sense of what happened. Dreading the fireworks again tonight.
In order to curb the bursting of crackers, Paterson shared a link of a petition started by Julie Doorne on change.org. It states: "Fireworks can cause serious distress to animals. 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. This is why I’m calling for an urgent review of firework regulations to further restrict their use, as a step to preventing needless animal suffering."
awww dam shame 🙏— ianuk48 (@ianuk481) 4 November 2019
Urging people to stop this deadly source of entertainment, Doorne added, "Around 40% of dogs are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks, meaning thousands of animals’ lives are made a misery by random fireworks, some starting in early October in the run-up to Guy Fawkes night and continuing until the following January. Every year the RSPCA receives hundreds of calls about the terrible effect fireworks are having on animals - not just dogs and cats, but other pets, livestock, and wildlife. There are also frequent reports of horses harming themselves by crashing into stable doors and over fences. These poor animals don’t understand what is causing the loud bangs and bright flashes."
Recently, another dog owner, Karen Palmer posted a distressing video of her helpless Border collie, Will, shaking and trembling in fear due to the noisy fireworks bursting outside her home in Stranraer, Scotland. According to Metro, Palmer wrote: For all you people letting off fireworks tonight. I hope you’re all having a bloody good time cos I know someone who isn’t…… my poor boy!!!! Get them banned for public sale and used for organized displays only. One of several people who commented on this video was a woman who shared her extreme worries about her epileptic dog Penny as her fits were often triggered by stressful situations like this.
After witnessing the impact fireworks have on poor and helpless animals, I'm sure you wouldn't be able to wholeheartedly indulge in such forms of entertainment. So, why not change for the best and protect our best friends and nature? Sign the petition to show your support here.