Tragedy as terrified dog DROWNS while trying to escape fireworks – ‘We miss him every day’
Shearer the Border Collie dashed into the sea after being frightened by the bangs and flashes of fireworks set off on a public beach. His body washed ashore 70-miles away the following week.
With the RSPCA witnessing record numbers of calls coming through about the impact of fireworks on animals, campaigners are revealing details of Shearer’s untimely death to show why “private use” of fireworks should be restricted to certain days: Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali.
Stephen Scott had taken nine year old Shearer for a beach walk near his home in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, two years ago, when an unofficial fireworks display erupted.
Terrified, Shearer sped off to a spot where even more fireworks were being let off and then ran into the sea.
The owner camped out for a week hoping to find the beloved pet but to no avail.
“It was public land and they shouldn’t have been letting off fireworks,” said Mr Scott on the eve of Bonfire Night. “Even now, thinking about it is extremely distressing.
“Shearer was our family dog and we miss him every day. There is a local fireworks display this year using silent fireworks. I don’t see why that can’t be rolled out everywhere to save the distress of pet owners.”
Two out of five dogs are fearful of the loud bangs and whizzes from fireworks, according to a recent RSPCA survey, and over the past six years the charity has received more than 2,300 calls and complaints about the impact they have on pets, livestock and wildlife.