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Pet lovers back fireworks drive

PET owners in north Kent, whose animals are terrified by fireworks, are supporting RSPCA calls to ban the sale of particularly big bangers.

Malvern Gazette: HOME SAFE: Celia Luscombe with her cat, Felene, who is terrified of fireworks HOME SAFE: Celia Luscombe with her cat, Felene, who is terrified of fireworks

Many fireworks can be as loud as road drills and the RSPCA wants the Government to set a maximum noise level of 95 decibels for fireworks available for public purchase.

Pet owner Celia Luscombe, 24, of Durndale Lane, Northfleet, is supporting the campaign and knows the damage loud fireworks can do.

Last Bonfire Night her eight-year-old tortoiseshell and white cat Felene almost died of starvation after fleeing from firework noise. She was missing for eight weeks.

Miss Luscombe told News Shopper: "She was found in a barn in Wrotham Way and was very emaciated. We've had to spend hundreds on vet's bills to put her right.

"I can't stand the damage fireworks do to pets. I wish they were not available to the public."

Horton Kirby resident and pet lover Debbie Jones is also supporting the campaign. Her four-year-old whippet, Blue, is so terrified of fireworks she vomits when she hears them.

Miss Jones said: It's upsetting to see her sit and quiver, so I hope sedatives work this year."

The RSPCA calls follow the publication of its Quiet Please report last week.

Its chief veterinary officer Chris Laurence said: "Urgent measures must be taken to stop distress and injury to animals.

"There is a voluntary ban, in the fireworks industry, on selling fireworks louder than 120 decibels but animals' suffering would be reduced if these fireworks were only sold to professionals for public displays which should be organised according to strict guidelines."

The RSPCA stresses animals must always be kept away from fireworks.

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