Devastating impact of fireworks on dogs as public reminded of new laws

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has urged Scots to be cautious while celebrating the new year.

The public has been reminded of the devastating impact fireworks can have on dogs amid warnings to heed new laws on Hogmanay.

Pets can be upset by the noise, like Fiona MacFarlane’s rescue greyhound Charlie who can be seen shaking uncontrollably on her kitchen floor after loud bangs were heard outside during Bonfire Night.

It is now illegal for people in Scotland to set fireworks off before 6pm and after 11pm in the evening – this window extends to midnight on November 5 and 1am at New Year.

An SRFS spokesperson said: “If you are unable to attend an organised display, we would ask you to consider the impact of fireworks on people and animals.

“The noise and lights that fireworks emit can also be overwhelming for people with a sensory impairment and those with neurological differences such as autism.

“Animals can also find fireworks particularly distressing.”

The warning comes as Hogmanay celebrations are set to be muted across Scotland heading into 2022, with traditional street parties cancelled and people told to stay at home amid the surging spread of coronavirus.

Large scale events, including Edinburgh’s Party at the Bells on Princes Street and Stonehaven’s fireballs, are prohibited as part of new Covid-19 measures announced by Nicola Sturgeon last week.

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