South Yorkshire puppy dies of heart attack during firework display

Loud fireworks have caused the death of a dog in Wombwell - and a petition has now been launched to ban the sale of them.

18 week old puppy, Molly, couldn't cope with the explosions going off in Barnsley - and died from the shock.

Julie Dorne, who has set up the petition, wants to see more regulation around firework sales. She said: "The fireworks were just too much for Molly. She died from a heart attack just from the bangs.

"The petition is asking for lower decibel fireworks. But I think it has gone beyond that now. I have had lots of messages on social media and I think we do actually need to ban public use and sales."

South Yorkshire's RSPCA branch also wants to see a restriction on the sales, for the sake of animal welfare.

Care Team Leader Daniel Cartwright said: "Imagine you are an animal in that situation. There could be nothing more scary than a big boom in the sky and lots of lights going off. And it's not just dogs and cats - you also have your farm animals and horses in fields."

Meanwhile, a group of MPs says the irresponsible use of fireworks should be considered as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

The Commons Petitions Committee claims it's damaging to animal welfare, and improper use also affects the mental health of military veterans who can suffer PTSD.

It's put forward a number of recommendations including a review into how loud they are.

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