RSPCA's warning for pet owners this New Year's Eve
FIREWORKS may be great fun for people but each year the noise creates havoc among the animal population.
RSPCA Queensland has warned pet owners to take extra precautions during New Year's Eve celebrations to ensure their pets are safe and secure.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said scores of animals ended up at shelters or council pounds after panicking at the sound of fireworks and escaping their yard.
"Despite the warnings, many people still don't seem to understand the devastating effect fireworks can have on some animals," Mr Beatty said.
"Often they will panic and end up on the road where of course they run the risk of being hit by cars.
"Sometimes they're found kilometres from their homes."
Mr Beatty said it was ideal for pet owners to keep their pets indoors and somewhere they felt safe and comfortable
"We also urge people to make certain their pets have up-to-date identification on them," he said.
"It's very hard to reunite pets with their owners if they don't have identification, that includes the owners' telephone numbers.
"Ideally they should also be micro-chipped and we also recommend horses should be securely stabled or removed to a location away from the fireworks."
For tips on how to keep your pet calm during fireworks, visit rspcaqld.org.au