Quiet start to the firework season
BAD weather and the depressed economy could have been the reasons for the quietest fireworks season in recent years during Guy Fawkes and Diwali celebrations, with only sporadic complaints being received. Both Empangeni and Richards Bay SPCAs reported no injured or stray animals coming through their gates as a result of firework activity, which was few and far between. Debbie Cross of Empangeni SPCA said the organisation received no fireworks related call-outs, and that it was business as usual at the shelter. Richards Bay SPCA’s Elizabeth Cordiglia reported much the same scenario, although there was some firework activity heard in Veldenvlei. ‘I think the people who were concerned their dogs would escape because of fireworks booked their pets into the SPCA’s boarding kennels, knowing they would be safe,’ said Cordiglia. ‘All those owners picked up their dogs the following day. ‘We have not had any increase in the number of animals through our gates.’ • All SPCAs in the region are in dire need of pet food, for both adult dogs and cats, as well as puppies and kittens. The SPCAs are always looking for food donations, but ask that people keep the young animals in their thoughts when making their donations.