Dog dies after running from fireworks

Terrified dog dies while trying to get away from fireworks

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A dog, terrified by the booming of fireworks, died after being impaled on a fence, while attempting to flee from the overwhelming sounds. A heartbreaking image of the deceased dog was posted to Facebook by the Barberton SPCA (in South Africa), along with harsh words for the people who set off fireworks:

THIS is why fireworks need to be banned!!! Everyone who fired fireworks last night, this dog died because of you.

The sad image has been shared over 22,000 times and more than 1,000 people have left comments on the post. Though many people wanted to point the finger of blame to the dog’s owner, the SPCA offered words of defense, stating, “The dog was closed away, in a separate area last night, and broke out if that too, the owner is a police officer who had to work last night!!!”

Some people noted that the fencing is quite narrow – likely adequate to keep a dog contained if not for the terror caused from the firework explosions.

Another dog, in Melbourne, Victoria Australia, also died after running from illegal fireworks and being impaled on fencing – the dog, a seven-year-old Labradoodle, had been inside, but broke out and ran when the fireworks were being set off.

(Photo via Barberton SPCA FB page)

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    • maxiemom says:

      ” “The dog was closed away, in a separate area last night, and broke out if that too, the owner is a police officer who had to work last night!!!”

      Some people noted that the fencing is quite narrow – likely adequate to keep a dog contained if not for the terror caused from the firework explosions.

      What part of that is too hard for you to understand? The dog’s owner is also a cop who had to work. Is that hard to get, too?

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    • Linda Patton says:

      The dogs were in the house. They were so scared they broke out. One broke threw the doggie door to the yard, the other from the porch (I believe) to the yard. Both were safely in the house until fear over took them. All my dogs & parrots were in the house, when fireworks started I turned the TV’s up very loud in each room as well as the stereo in attempt to drown out the noise. All my animals were shaking with fear with each boom. We do our best to protect them from the noise but their hearing is so magnificent they still hear the noise. Your blaming the humans without completely reading the posting and your out of line doing that. The law officials should have had more patrols to arrest and ticket those doing it. In my area guns were being fired as well, someone could have died by a stray bullet. Even firing up into the air isn’t safe… what goes up must come down. Put yourself in these families shoes, they’ve lost loved family members through no fault of their own. Ignorance of the neighbors caused these innocent animals deaths, they were petrified and trying to get to safety. Their only thought was to run. Jeanie Nofi you owe these families a huge apologie!!!

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      • Ecarius says:

        They broke through the doggie door? A doggies door is made so they can enter and exit as they please. Wow!

      • Dolores Park says:

        Ecarius – Doggy Doors have covers that slide in place to close them, there are ways to secure them closed for night time or or when you go on vacation. So yeah, wow. You’ve obviously given this plenty of thought.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        My thoughts exactly, our doggie door closes, we don’t let them run in and out if we aren’t home and I’m sure neither did they.

      • Monalisa says:

        I also have my Sunni who is beyond terrorized from anything loud. She freaks out, shakes, pants heavy, scratches at everything trying to hide, and is nearly tripping us getting between our legs, because she is that scared. Scares the hell out of me at times cuz she gets so damn scared. If we didn’t medicate her, have a thunder coat on her with lavender oil on a patch, it would be very bad with her. One of us has to be with her at these times or our house would be a disaster from her trying to hide or she’d have a heart attack from the fear. All of these she freaks on; rain, thunder, planes, fireworks, the wind, guns, and she has been like this since she was a wee pup and she’ll be 8 this year. She is the 2nd dog I have had with this fear, it is so hard on these babies. They light shit off around here every year and every year my girl is terrorized because of it. Pisses me off especially when it is neighbors that know of us people here with fur-babies that fear the fireworks noise and they still light them off. So sorry this poor fur baby died because of someone entertaining themselves with fireworks. It is a shame and a senseless loss, rip poor fur baby……..

    • Paula Jones-Drake says:

      In the original article it states the the owner left the dog, along with their other dog, closed in their laundry room to muffle the sounds, so he wouldn’t be alone and scared as no one would be there. The dog broke through the doggy door, that was also locked, and tried to get away through the fence. I really don’t think they’re to blame.

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    • Kristine Benson says:

      The dog was inside. Read again. Fireworks are asinine, grow up and get your adolescent kicks in a way that doesn’t annoy people and cause the death of animals or blow a hand off, please. They need to be illegal and are here. And believe me I have been calling the police for years and they are finally responding. Just please stop.

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  1. deborah dearmore says:

    this is frigging sad.instead of killing these furballs take care of them and strop scaring. maybe someone shoud take a gun and shoot it off toward people and see how they like it.

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    • maxiemom says:

      ” “The dog was closed away, in a separate area last night, and broke out if that too, the owner is a police officer who had to work last night!!!”

      Some people noted that the fencing is quite narrow – likely adequate to keep a dog contained if not for the terror caused from the firework explosions.”

      Is that also your judgment concerning the Labradoodle who broke OUT of the house because of the illegal fireworks some asshat set off, or doesn’t it matter to you that dogs who are afraid of fireworks have been known to break free from any number of places? It’s the number one reason dogs are lost, or didn’t you know that?

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      • Terry says:

        What does the owner being a cop have one damn thing to do with anything??? Lots of people work nights. Also, I believe that comment has a typo — meant to read “Some people noted that the fencing is quite narrow – likely INadequate to keep a dog contained if not for the terror caused from the firework explosions.”….fencing being too narrow would not make it safer so the sentence makes no sense unless it reads that it was inadequate. So yes, this would make the owner responsible leaving the dog contained within inadequate fencing knowing it was a night that fireworks would be a big issue for the dog and he should have taken extra measures to ensure the dog was contained in a safe area — a better idea would have been to leave the dog with friends or relatives who were going to stay at home. You seem to lean a lot on a comment that contains a typo for your repeated answers to people, and again…………the guy being a cop is totally irrelevant.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Terry, Not everyone has “friends and neighbors” that can take their dogs in or want to be responsible for them. This person did what they thought would keep their dog safe and it failed, end of story. You just are bent on blaming the owner of the dog, Obviously you are one of the “perfect” pet parents that has never had your pet have an accident. Most of us are human and do our best but can’t foresee something like this happening. If you look at the date of this, the owner probably never expected fireworks to be shot off in their neighborhood at New Years. Also, fear of fireworks and storms and fireworks can come on quite suddenly. Our dog had never shown any interest in storms until one night when we almost took him to the emergency vet because we thought he was having a heart attack, He was 11 years old and had never done that before..

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Tina, I realize that, why are you telling me this? I never indicated it was in the US.

      • tina says:

        Barkley’s Mom Sorry. Mean no insult, but, South Africa does display fireworks on New Years Eve.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Tina, Be it South Africa, USA or Tim buck too, my meaning was who would expect someone in your neighborhood setting off fireworks on New Years Eve, we have public displays this time of year but most individual people don’t around here, at least. Of course I live in the Northeast so it’s too cold for most folks to be out setting off fire crackers. Better yet, just forget I ever said anything just chalk it up to an old broad that is going senile.

    • Charlann Kable says:

      They said he was in an enclosed area and broke out of it. The owner was a policeman who had to work. What kind of crazy fence is that though with spikes in the middle. Sad.

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      • Terry says:

        IT WAS NOT!! READ!!!! “The dog was closed away, in a separate area last night”…..this says NOTHING ABOUT IT BEING INSIDE!!! In fact, what it DOES say is that the fence was too narrow where the dog was being kept!! JAYZUZ!!!!

    • linda says:

      True, there were many warnings to dog owners to keep their dogs indoors during fireworks, however, the poor creature could have been a stray.

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      • Terry says:

        Are you serious???? Really???? Do you understand what you read? Because this is what the article says “Though many people wanted to point the finger of blame to the dog’s owner, the SPCA offered words of defense, stating, “The dog was closed away, in a separate area last night”…..what part about this comment makes you think the poor creature could have been a stray??? I seriously think some of you commenters make stuff up as you go along…………pffft

      • ellen cottone says:

        Tina, your making me laugh, your rite, snickers bar with a valium. which i hate to say has been the advice of some animal medical professional’s. to keep them in the basement and on a mild sedative. more dogs are lost for ever as the run blindly until lost for ever. it is the reason for many strays in the past especially before micro chipping. so keep your dogs inside as far away as you can from the sound and it will all be over soon because no one can ever afford the amount of fire crackers they really want and nobody be surprised because we all should know that dog’s are terrified of firecrackers.

      • linda says:

        Actually they do in South Africa. Knowing they are allowed fireworks in their own backyard..they do warn to protect children and their pets.

  2. Lisa Burger Clesi says:

    I had to drug my dogs and trust me i hated it. The fear was so strong that i gave them the meds at 4pm and at a quarter to 12 they finally collapsed because they could no longer walk, yet they were still awake. It was nerve wracking because the younger one had still been trying to climb over and under things and had no control over his body and i was scared to death he would hurt himself. They were really groggy the next day which helped a little because the idiots were once again shooting fireworks. I’ve never had dogs who were this afraid and its a terrible experience because you dont know how to help them.

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    • Lori says:

      I had a dog like that too. It was a nightmare. It got worse as the years went by. Once I came home from work to find the lower half of my hollow core bathroom door totally chewed through because of a bad thunderstorm. She wanted to get in the bathroom. And even if I was home there was no way I could comfort her..she would just go crazy. Had to drug her.

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    • ellen cottone says:

      you have good instincts and you were able to keep them safe. you did a good job defending them. I think you suffered more. and for that I am truly sorry

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  3. Kristi says:

    Read the story people! This dog belonged to a police officer that had to work and was put up INSIDE but got out because of the fireworks! Not everything is cut and dry. Yes it is horrible but some things just can’t be prevented. The only thing that I question about this is who in the world would actually take a picture of something this horrible?!

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    • maxiemom says:

      Thank you! These ignorant comments have me steamed! Blaming the dog’s owner when it was clearly the fault of the scum who set the darned things off makes me sick.

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    • Charlann Kable says:

      my heart hurts for the policeman…out doing his job and loses his pet. My dog doesn’t mind the fireworks but I keep her inside anyway just to be safe. Too many crazy people in this world…she is never out of my sight for long.

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  4. Maria says:

    I am from Krugersdorp, we have the same problem here. But the problem here they start early in December and still going on. Please don’t tell me this is the dog(s) owner fault. Because this is bull shit. I get up at 3 am in the mornings to go to work. Then I have to stay up till late to care for my dogs (4) so they don’t hurt them self, because the tables I do get from the veterinarians helps only for a few hours. THE OWNERS OF THAT POOR PUPPY, MY HART GOES OUT TO YOU. To those barbarics with there fireworks, I hope 1 day those fireworks will explode in you fucking face. Yes, there are people with pets that leave them at home and go on holidays or out for the evening and don’t care about there animals, to you all I just want to say you don’t deserve those animals or there love. (Because I call people like you also barbarians).

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  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is so sad, Condolences to the dog’s owner I can’t imagine coming home to find this had occurred. I agree, why must people shoot off fire works in a residential area, Fireworks should be done for the public by professionals. I do not condemn the owner, they had no way of knowing some idiot would be causing a ruckus It’s just a tragic accident, rest in peace sweet pup, I’m so sorry your life ended this way.

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  6. Chris says:

    They don’t need to be banned, and those who shoot fireworks aren’t to blame in the least. The dog is dead because its owners used a dangerous fence and didn’t keep their dog safe inside or on a leash. The Barberton SPCA needs to put the blame where blame is due and quit crying like idiots.

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  7. Vicki Leyson says:

    This is why l never go out New Year’s l always stay home with my animals and soothe them when idiots let off fireworks.

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    • Hannah says:

      Your the stupid ass I guess you don’t know how to read the dog was inside he was so scared he broke out of the house an broke through a fence

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      • linda says:

        You’re the stupid ass! What Vicki was explaining was she doesn’t go anywhere on New Years Day because her concern for her dogs. Dogs even in the home still are very frightened of fireworks.

  8. Marryha Foster says:

    My dogs are all super scared of fire works! We live in the county wheee they see them off when they want to! We stay home on the 4th just to play loud mucsic and sit with our four large fur babies! Our asshole neighbors all set off fire works and don’t care or think what it is doing to the 17 dogs that love inmediately around us! They also set them off on Christmas, New Years, Halloween just basically when they feel like it!!

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  9. Sharon says:

    Why do we even have fireworks anyway? They are loud, obnoxious and dirty. No one picks up after. Laser light shows are a better choice. I had one dog that had to be drugged and restrained because she would try and jump out the windows.

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  10. Susan says:

    Al of you talk about your terrified dogs, Petting them cuddling them soothing them. But not one of you has actually taken your dog to a vet who is up to date on storm or noise phobia, and gotten an appropriate prescription (Xanax is drug of choice) You at failing your dog out of fear of drugging him. (by the way Xanax does NOT make dogs dopey or weird)

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    • Mark says:

      How do you know people here have not taken their dogs to the vets for meds to calm them during fireworks?!!! Lets not ASSume they didn’t or haven’t!

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    • ellen cottone says:

      you are mistaken Susan, medication is a game of numbers and ratios and often a dog can be drooling and unable to walk bit still clearly conscious. its tricky when it comes to small dog’s. you have large dogs

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  11. Leroy Jones says:

    Owner should be held accountable for having such a shitty fence around their house. The fence killed the dog.

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  12. Eric says:

    I don’t even think this dog is dead. I think hes stuck between the fence and a post. Look carefully at the picture. It looks like the fence ends and he tried to squeeze between the fence and the post. And who knows how he got there? I love dogs and while some could care less about fireworks there are others that totally freak out. But I happen to think this is just fake news.

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      • audrey says:

        The article does not mention USA Independence Day was being celebrated in Africa…it just mentions fireworks. U.S.A are not the only ones who have fireworks!

    • audrey says:

      Hardly think it’s fake news considering if you look closely the dog impaled himself on the short spike.

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    • audrey says:

      Does it really matter where? It’s about the dangers of what fireworks can do to a dog anywhere in the world…Geez!

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  13. Josephine Hipos says:

    I blamed the owners and the people that did the fireworks! First of all, it doesn’t take a genius to know that fireworks terrifies dogs and for owners to not have the heart to keep them inside knowing of the fireworks and even just for the days until it’s over is general common sense safety. So you got to be an idiot and you have no compassion if you leave your dogs outside. I never leave my dogs outside, unless I am home and they need to do their business. Also I let them out maybe 30 mins before fireworks begin. Never in my enire life I leave any of my dogs outside, I don’t care if they poop or pee inside in the bathroom I have no problem cleaning when I get home. My labrador is inside freely in the living room, and if he has to go then be it. I have 6 dogs, and for owners to not have safety common sense you need to reevaluate your reasons of having dogs. Fireworks should be banned! These people that do fireworks each year are all idiots! There is no need for it, and it makes people evil because they cause harm to animals and people. People even exchange their dogs for these holidays so they can party and leave town. The spirit of holidays have become the spirit of evil for some people, and it is very unfortunate that people have lost their compassion and their brains over a short moment of happiness.

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  14. Barbara says:

    Irresponsible pet owner period. There are people who should never ever be pet parents nor allowed near any animal for that matter. If it was a human child they would have kept the child safely on the home. They would have safer fencing also. Dont get anymore pets you dont deserve them. Animals have suffered too long. They need people who will step up to the plate and care for them and speak up and defend them.

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    • ellen cottone says:

      the real reason. the incredably diabolical fence, that will allow a small animal in the wonder and intentionally viserste an animal. that is the specific porpoise of that particular fence and you would only see this fence in Africa. this fence is a live animal trap and takes no living prisoners. this dog owner has been hoist be his own petard

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      • Terry says:

        You used the word “diabolical” & even spelled it right….this is amazing! ….although you lost it on “incredibly” … However, you can’t even structure a sentence properly — how did porpoise fish get involved in this story? And — what the heck is the meaning of your entire post? Your mind may make some iota of sense out of this statement but mine sure can’t!! My gosh!! And….what the heck is this?? ” that will allow a small animal in the wonder and intentionally viserste an animal.” I read your comment four times & was left bewildered every time. The only sense I was able to make is that you think the fence is actually a live animal trap. Wow!!!

      • linda says:

        Terry even with ellen’s misspelling of certain words I understood her comment. Think about it. Who would ever have such a dangerous type of fence….hell we don’t sell those types in the U.S.! If that dog was allow to escape through a reg fence without the one pictured it would have surviied!!!!!

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