At least 30 dogs were killed while trying to escape from the loud bangs as Durbanites celebrated the New Year on Sunday.
This number, according to Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment (Pact) spokesperson, Neeri Naidoo, greatly exceeds the numbers seen in previous years.
Naidoo said Pact responded to a number of distress calls from residents informing them of animals in need of rescuing.
Naidoo said that as much as they tried their best to respond timeously to each call, by the time they arrived, most of the dogs had already died.
“Some were knocked by cars, while running across roads and highways and others were strangled.
“They were chained to poles and objects in yards and were strangled when they tried to run away.
“We managed to rescue seven dogs and they were taken to local vets,” said Naidoo.
She said the number of animals killed as a result of escaping the big bangs, had increased this year.
“We started getting calls from Friday, December 30 and have been busy since,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kloof and Highway SPCA marketing officer, Tersia Taskes, said 15 animals were admitted into their overnight kennels.
“Our emergency line received numerous calls throughout the evening of New Year’s Day from worried pet owners whose pets had gone missing,” she said.
Taskes said a few owners had come to their offices to collect their lost pets and they anticipate that more animals would be brought to their kennels over the next few days.
She encouraged pet owners to come to their premises to collect their missing pets as soon as possible.
“We are asking pet owners to continue to remain cautious over the next few days as remaining fireworks may be set off sporadically,” said Taskes.
Stray animals can be brought to the SPCA standby kennels 24 hours a day at 29 Village Road, Kloof. For injured animals or emergencies, call 073 335 9322.
Speaking about human injuries as a result of fireworks, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services media liaison, Robert McKenzie said thus far only one person sustained a hand injury. The incident happened in Margate.
Source : IOL