Quiet start to the fire­work sea­son

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

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.

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