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Fireworks condemned as cruel
RSPCA blasts advert after firework terror



THE RSPCA and other animal charities have condemned cruelty to pets caused by fireworks in the run up to this year’s Bonfire Night. Between Sunday 4 November and Tuesday 6 November 2007, the RSPCA received 241 calls about animals and fireworks - a 16 per cent increase compared to the same period last year (207 calls).

One reported incident was of a Jack Russell who severed her leg when she fled from firework noise and was hit by a train. Nine-year-old Sparky bolted from fireworks set off near her Truro home on Saturday 3 November. It’s believed she ran onto a railway line and was hit by a train on the Truro to Falmouth branch line. Her right hind leg was severed in the impact. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday 6 November when railway workers spotted Sparky and called the RSPCA who took her to a vet.

A terrified dog, also bolted as fireworks were let off near his home, though was reunited with his owners 24 hours later thanks to his microchip. Murphy, a one-year-old Rottweiler-cross, was in the garden of his home in Teversham, Cambridgeshire, on Sunday 28 October when a series of rockets were set off in the neighbouring recreation ground. His owner, Felicity Collins, ran out when she heard Murphy barking, but he had already managed to scale a five-foot high gate in a bid to escape the noise.

Mrs Collins said: ‘I thought he had gone for good and was amazed to hear that he had been found. We are extremely grateful to the person who found him as well as to the RSPCA and are so pleased he was microchipped as otherwise we may have never seen him again.’

Meanwhile, The Royal College of Nursing will lobby for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public. The move comes after its annual Congress in Harrogate backed a motion from the Swansea branch. Nurses want only licensed operators to have access to fireworks in a bid to cut the annual toll of injuries. The Royal College of Nursing will lobby for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public. The move comes after its annual Congress in Harrogate backed a motion from the Swansea branch.