The SPCA has pleaded with Bloemfontein residents to keep their animals safe during New Year’s celebrations.
Manager Reinette Meyer says although the setting off of fireworks in a residential area is against the law, it is better to take precautions so that animals, especially dogs, are not traumatised.
“We ask the public ‘please keep your animals inside, give them something to eat, put on the music, keep doors and windows closed.’ Go to the vet and get them a sedative, something to keep them calm.”
Meanwhile, the Mangaung Metro says it will make sure that the public parks and roads are safe for New Year’s celebrations on Sunday night.
Spokesperson Qondile Khedama says there will be a strong visibility of traffic officers in cooperation with police in the CBD and other areas.
“Our parks will be very busy. There will be serious visibility of both SAPS and our law enforcement officers just to make sure people behave. But also, there will be serious regulation of the parking because we experience serious parking problems during this time. We also urge residents that they must use fireworks responsibly and keep animals in safe places.”