Dog news: Dogs scared to death by fireworks – Staffie collapses and dies from fear | UK | News
Judith and Malcolm Watson’s dog, Dexter, shivered and ducked as fireworks set off around their house on Bonfire Night. A huge bang caused the Labrador staff cross run out of the room and when Judith found him, the traumatized dog in the bathroom on the first floor had collapsed.
Unfortunately, the beloved pet died there, reports Teesside Live.
The tragedy occurred at the couple’s home in Middlesbrough, Teesside, when Malcolm, 67, came out for fish and chips.
Judith, 63, called Malcolm to take him home, but nothing could be done to save Dexter – and the couple’s two-year-old granddaughter is devastated.
The tragedy is one of several that happened over the weekend in which dogs were traumatized by fireworks.
Garry and Ceri Hamilton’s dog, Cadi, was run over and killed after being startled by fireworks in Roath, Cardiff.
The couple had just let them out into the garden to answer nature’s call when a series of loud explosions startled them and made them work.
Garry, 58, told Wales Online: “She must have freaked out and somehow escaped, but before I could find her I got word that she was hit by a car and killed.
“Someone must have taken them to the local vet who found our data on Cadi’s microchip and called us with the terrible news.”
The father of two added: “We’re desperate, she was such a fantastic dog, very affectionate. I loved our walks together.
“I just want to warn other pet owners to keep a close eye on their animals even after Bonfire Night is over.
“People will still set off fireworks in the run up to Christmas and we don’t want what happened to Cadi to happen to someone else’s dog.”
And Malcolm and Judith from Middlesbrough also want to reinforce this warning.
Judith, who works at Tesco, said: “So many things will change for us. We lost a member of our family
“I thought he was just shaking in there at first, but he was lying flat on the floor,” said Judith, 63.
“Then I realized that he was gone.”
The grandma added: “I just hugged the dog and cried for a long time.
“At that time I really wanted to strike something. There was that almighty bang, then another came when he was gone.
“It subsided at some point. And now everything is ready – people had their so-called fun, but our whole lives have changed.
“He still had a lot of life, it’s so unfair and so pointless.”
An RSPCA study found that 62% of dogs, 54% of cats, and 55% of horses experience stress during fireworks.
Some people believe that disorganized exhibitions should be banned because it causes stress to some animals and people suffering from certain medical conditions such as PTSD or autism.
A petition call for an urgent review of the Fireworks Ordinance attracted 828,000 signatures.