FIREWORKS: Animals are vulnerable

How many more need to die or be injured because of random, unexpected fireworks before the Government will do something about it?

Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 6:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:00 pm

While being walked by his owner’s son, a dog was spooked by unexpected fireworks. The owner, a 78-year-old pensioner, has been left devastated as the border collie, called Shearer, was later found deceased.

It was 8.10pm on October 17, not a date associated with fireworks, and in a place that should have been safe – a nature reserve. It seems that a number of people had decided to have an impromptu display.

Shearer had been awarded his Obedience Gold Badge from the Kennel Club. He trained at the K9 Academy in North Shields. They have sent heartfelt condolences and a bouquet of flowers.

Shearer’s owner will be keeping the Shearer Facebook page open to help other people who may find themselves in a similar situation.

There have been a lot of people wishing to donate money in Shearer’s memory. You can donate in his name at

This, we are sure, will not be an isolated incident over the coming weeks.

Many people are unaware that it is legal to use fireworks 365 days a year, from 7am to 11pm, and even later on the traditional dates.

If you feel that you would like the opportunity to have your voice heard on this subject please sign our petition. We are calling for the use of back garden fireworks to be restricted to ten days a year to incorporate the traditional dates.

How many more of our pets, livestock and wildlife will die or be injured this year because of the use of random fireworks?

How many will run away, never to be reunited with their families? How many will die? How many will have PTS because of injury? How many will be injured?

We believe, based on our research last year, that there will be many such cases. All of our animals are vulnerable because of this outdated law.

If you would like to join us in our campaign, or have a general question, please join our group at

If anyone feels strongly about the use of fireworks in back gardens, please sign our petition at

Julie Doorne, Jill Cutsforth and Diane Ford

Firework Abatement campaign,