Val Simpson with her dogs Butch and Peggy, who she will keep secured during tonight’s fireworks.
Val Simpson with her dogs Butch and Peggy, who she will keep secured during tonight’s fireworks.

Secure your pets during fireworks

WHILE preparing for a big night out on New Year's Eve, don't forget the safety of your four-legged friends.

Ipswich pet owners are being urged to make sure their cats and dogs are secured and microchipped ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations and fireworks.

Ipswich resident Val Simpson, who organises the Dog Owners Walking Group (DOWG), said people should make sure their “best friends” were ready for the big, noisy night.

“Double-check the fencing; make sure there's no escape route,” Mrs Simpson said.

“And make sure if you're going away that someone responsible is looking after them or put them into a kennel.”

Mrs Simpson said she would make sure her beloved Peggy, 2, and Butch, 4, were safe and sound during tonight's celebrations.

Animal Welfare League public relations manager Gabrielle Wheaton said pet owners should not make a fuss over their cat or dog if they were already skittish about storms and loud noises.

“Don't make a big fuss over them because that's letting them know it is okay to be stressed out,” Ms Wheaton said.

Ms Wheaton said the laundry was a good place to secure pets and dogs should not be left in rooms with glass doors because they could injure themselves jumping through the glass.

Pets should be registered with Ipswich City Council, microchipped and the details updated as collars with ID tags can break when animals escape through fences.

Free celebrations to herald the new year will be held at Timothy Molony Park on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Roseberry Parade, Ipswich, from 6pm tonight.

Fireworks are planned for 8pm and midnight.



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