The RSPCA has praised dog downers for their responsible management of their pets during the New Year’s celebrations.
RSPCA Victoria head of prevention Sophie Buchanan said the RSPCA Bendigo Animal Care Centre only received one admission related to fireworks.
“Only one dog was admitted to our Bendigo shelter over night having become frightened during the fireworks and it was picked up early this morning,” Ms Buchanan said.
“Wishing everyone a Happy New Year for them and their pets and an enormous thank you to the Bendigo community, it seems people are getting more careful about the way they manage their dogs when they expect fireworks, that’s really great to see.”
In contrast, during New Year’s celebrations in 2015, 19 dogs were handed in to the RSPCA shelter in Bendigo after becoming startled by fireworks.
During New Year’s Eve 2018 celebrations the Bendigo skyline was awash with magnificent pyrotechnics that filled the night sky.