Expected Halloween capture and horror animal abuse across Waterford and Tipperary
Pat Edwards of the Deise Animal Sanctuary said that after seeing the dogs of Carrick-on-Suir and Mullinavat taken away, it was reported to be “a white van with a fictional license plate.” She also reported that “a wine-colored old Mitsubishi Pajero” had been robbing dogs in Clonmel and another was robbed in a white van in Waterford.
She expects significant kidnappings and more animal cruelty on Halloween. “Let your dog enter the door because they have been robbing them around,” Pat told Waterford to broadcast live.
ISPCA reminds people to pay attention to the dangers that Halloween poses to pets, and emphasizes measures to protect domestic and wild animals. “Make sure your pets are always safe and secure, and it’s best to leave them indoors during the celebration,” said Carmel Murray, ISPCA Public Relations Manager.
“Noisy noise like fireworks, parties or scammers can make our pets go to extreme behavior. If they escape, it will put extra stress on animal rescue centers, dog droppings and veterinary behavior, and cause animal and owner to feel uneasy.”
ISPCA prompts to protect your pet during Halloween
ISPCA strongly recommends that owners ensure that their pets are microchips (this is a legal requirement for dogs) and have an I.D. label. In a series of activities on Halloween night, it is best to keep the most social dogs or cats in a quiet, safe room where they cannot suddenly open the door. Micro-stock is the best way to ensure that lost pets are returned to you.
Help your pet cope with stress
Pets should have a safe place if they are frightened by the noise of fireworks or by someone calling to the door. Keeping the lights low and quietly playing the radio or TV can help drown some stress.
Owners can also train their pets to get used to Halloween by playing the sound of fireworks at low volume, and gradually increase the volume as the night gets closer.
Not responding to your pet, showing signs of fear may be the best way to help them. Rubbing objects, such as toys filled with peanut butter, may help relieve the pressure on the pet. If they support it, playing with them can be a popular distraction, but if your pet is too unhappy, don’t force it.
If you are concerned that your pet can’t be found in horror, you may need to consult your veterinarian in advance to discuss how to manage your pet’s stress.
Outdoor pets, including small mammals or birds, should also be taken indoors or in a secure garage or shed to prevent any loud noise or fireworks. If this is not possible, you can also cover it with a mattress or cage with a blanket to provide sound insulation.
Horses, pony and donkeys should also be microchips. Those living in areas with high noise associated with Halloween should be safe and stable to prevent them from escaping or hurting themselves.
Keep decorations and candy out of reach
Dogs and cats should stay away from a bowl of candy and some Halloween decorations.
Chocolate and raisins are very toxic to pets, and any candy that contains sugar instead of xylitol is the same. Ingestion of foil or plastic packaging can also cause digestive problems and may require surgery.
Similarly, candles and other decorations are at risk, especially for cats that might knock them down or burn them with flame. Other decorations can also be chewed or swallowed, so make sure they are away from curious claws or nose.
If your pet has toxic substances, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Clothing is not fun for pets
Not all pets can tolerate wearing clothes, which can cause them to be overstressed. If you know they like it, just dress up your pet for Halloween.
If you do choose to put your pet in your clothing, make sure it does not limit your animal’s movement, vision, breathing or normal behavior. Also make sure that the garment does not have any small, chewable pieces or toxic paints or dyes.
People’s clothing is equally scary for pets. People wearing masks or other clothing accessories may feel pain or trigger their territorial instinct. Although people may like to be afraid of Halloween, your pet does not know that clothing is pretending. If your pet is afraid of clothing, be sure to put them in a separate room or in a safe place before dressing up.
Keep an eye out for wildlife
Hedgehog enters hibernation at this time of the year and sleeps on wooden stakes or heavy brushes. Be sure to check all wood, scrubs and leaves before igniting any bonfires.
Some outdoor decorations, such as fake spider webs or string lights, can trap wild animals, so be careful to hang them.
Drivers should be alert to animals that may be alarmed by fireworks or other noise and activities.