The influx has already started, says the SPCA in Kimberley.
AS THE calls grow for more stringent measures to be put in place to ban fireworks, the SPCA in Kimberley has already started to experience an influx of stray and injured animals due to fireworks.
The SPCA has indicated that more animals are set to be affected by the use of fireworks during the coming New Year’s celebrations.
It is reported that an increase in stray animals has already been experienced due to less people going on holiday and rather staying at home due to the lockdown regulations.
According to Kimberley SPCA manager Mario van der Westhuizen, they have already taken in a number of stray animals, some of which had required treatment.
Owners have since come to claim some of these animals.
“We expect more animals to come through our gates as people are home and have already started using fireworks, scaring and injuring animals in the process,” said Van der Westhuizen.
“We have done our best to put measures in place to accommodate these animals and will never say no to any animal needing our assistance.”
Several members of the public have expressed concern that a number of tuck shops sell fireworks and crackers to children, who use them recklessly.
A Galeshewe resident said her own dog almost attacked her toddler after being scared by a group of children who threw a cracker inside her yard.
“It will be more helpful if the police can raid all the outlets that sell fireworks and for everyone to pray in peace at midnight as the president requested,” said the woman.