A dog owner has called for fireworks to be banned after her 18-week-old puppy died 'from fright caused by fireworks'.
Susan Paterson said that the terrier, called Molly, died in Wombley, South Yorkshire.
In a post on Facebook, she said: "Due to the enormous amount of fireworks with loud bangs going off around Wombwell and lower Darfield last night, we lost a young terrier with a heart attack.
"Please think of the animals. Molly was only 18 weeks old and died of FRIGHT caused by fireworks.
"Molly may be gone but she will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts. We are still trying to make sense of what happened. Dreading the fireworks again tonight."
Ms Paterson also urged people to sign a petition calling for the general sale of fireworks to be banned. One such petition has already amassed more than 180,000 signatures, meaning parliament will now consider it for a debate.
The petition - which was set up by Elizabeth Jayne Harden - reads: "Every year more and more people, animals and wildlife get hurt by fireworks. It's time something was done to stop this. There are enough organised firework groups around for us to still enjoy fireworks safely so please help me stop the needless sale of them to the public!
"The noise from fireworks causes a great amount of fear, stress and anxiety in wild animals... Errant fireworks can also cause environmental damage though fires, and from the release of poisonous chemicals and particle-laden smoke, which is not just inhaled by wildlife, but contaminates the natural environment."
A spokesperson for Dogs Trust told LADbible it urges dog owners and the public as a whole to do their bit to minimise the distress suffered by dogs at this time of year.
They said: "Dogs have approximately four times more sensitive hearing than humans, so the loud cracks and bangs of fireworks can often be a terrifying and confusing experience for them. Fireworks tend to be sudden, unpredictable and bright. This combination can be distressing and have a lasting impact on dogs.
"There are lots of things dog owners can do to help make fireworks less stressful for their dogs. Simple steps such as providing safe spaces for them to hide or settling them before the fireworks start can make a big difference.
"We would also urge anyone thinking of putting on their own fireworks display to consider the welfare of their four-legged friends and others in the neighbourhood by following our Firework Dog Code."
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Susan Paterson
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