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Friday, 30 October 2009

Gillian Duffy
Gillian Duffy is an ambulance driver with the DSPCA. She will be on duty over Halloween weekend.

Frank the Cat
This domestic cat has been brought to the attention of the DSPCA and has suffered from smoke inhalation after it had been brought close to a bonfire by a group of teenagers one week ago.

Can you tell us what happened to this cat?
This happened over a week ago in Clondalkin. One lady was walking past a local green and she saw something suspicious. There was a group of lads around a bonfire (they were aged between 13/14 years old)

The woman saw that the boys has a cat right up beside the bonfire,, and it looked as if they might have been about to put the cat on top of the bonfire. The woman had to eventually wrestle the cat away from the young boys.

We had had the cat now for the past week, and when the cat was brought to us is was suffering from smoke inhalation The cat is actually a sweet heart, it is a domestic cat and we don't know who the owner is..

We find that this happens at Halloween time.. if there is an incident at involving an animal at Halloween time, it is usually with a domestic cat that is well trained..
Do you get an increase in call relating to animal cruelty at Halloween time?
There is not much of increase around Halloween time.We do get some reported incidents that do happen, but they not have amounted to much
We do get an increase in calls relating to pet that have gone missing.

What are five do's and don'ts around Halloween time?


. DO ensure that pets always have effective identification. The Dublin SPCA recommends that you have your pet microchipped and ensure that it is wearing a collar with identification in the event that it escapes from the house. Any vet practice can arrange this quickly and easily.

. DO make sure that rabbits and other caged animals are safely secured in a garage or outbuilding, away from the sight and sound of fireworks.
As an alternative, the cage can be covered with thick fabric to muffle the sound, making sure there is sufficient ventilation. Horses should be securely stabled or moved to a different location during fireworks displays in the area.

. DO keep pets away from Halloween decorations and tell children not to share any sweets and chocolate with their pets.

. DO take a pet suspected of ingesting a harmful item or substance immediately to a veterinarian.

. Do be vigiliant about horses and other large animals that are near bonfire locations


. DON'T leave animals in a room with lit candles or pumpkins. Dogs can have lethal tails, wagging all over the place. Make sure that lighted candles are kept where they cannot be knocked over by a wagging tail or by a curious cat. Not only could your pet start a fire, but they could severely burn themselves in the process.

. DON'T dress animals up in costumes as many pets find this uncomfortable and stressful.

. DON'T take pets trick-or-treating. Dogs can become very distressed and confused by all the
. noise and activity with strange smells, costumes and loud bangs from fireworks.

. DON'T let animals near bonfires, candles or other dangerous items.
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. DON'T ignore animals in need. Report animal abuse and neglect immediately to An Gardai Siochana or contact the Dublin SPCA at 01-4935502

Dublin SPCA's 5 Tips on What to do if you come across an Injured Animal This Halloween

1. Remain at the scene but only if it's safe to do so.
2. Call the Gardai/local SPCA immediately; making sure you leave your contact details with them.
3. If possible, get assistance from a passer by/motorist.
4. If the injured animal is alone, stay on the scene until help arrives.
5. Injured animals may be agitated and nervous, so be aware of your personal safety when approaching them.
6. Assess the situation, and, if you feel it's safe to do so, transport the injured animal to the nearest vet.

Contact Information:

Also, if people want to get in touch to contact the DSPCA about the cat, the number they should call is 01 4935502

The DSPCA also has a mobile contact number form 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the evening. That number is: 0862596467 if people want to report an incident of cruelty.

If anyone does see an injured animal they can also bring them to the Pet Emergency Hospital in UCD. This service operates from 7:30 in the evening up until 7:30am.
This number is 1890 564 036

ISPCA: 043 33 25 035

National Animal Cruelty Helpline: 1890 515 515