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Emmie - Yorkshire terrirer blown up by thugs AN elderly couple found their dog blown up by fireworks tied to her tail by happy slap yobs.


31 October 2005
Emmie - Yorkshire terrirer blown up by thugs
Couple, 67, find Emmie in dustbin
By Ian Key

AN elderly couple found their dog blown up by fireworks tied to her tail by happy slap yobs.

Maureen and Keith Barrington, both 67, spent all night looking for tiny Yorkshire Terrier Emmie (left) after she ran away scared by rocket bangs.

But next morning a neighbour told them their pet was dead.

Keith said: "I rushed over and found her body in the bin and my heart sank."

Neighbour Kara McManus, 28, saw the thugs taking photos of the dead terrier on their mobiles. Maureen said: "They are sick in the head. How can they get a kick out of that, how can they make her suffer and film her and laugh at it?

"We think she was so scared by the fireworks that she bolted and was run over.

"Then these lads stopped as she lay in the road and blew her up and were taking photographs of her."

They buried 11-year-old Emmie in the garden with her favourite toy.

Maureen said: "She was lovely and beautiful and so tiny." Kara was woken by bangs in the early hours outside her home in Linthwaite, Huddersfield.

She added: "I saw the three lads approaching what looked like a pile of leaves on the road.

"Then they stood around it, got their phones out and started taking pictures. I could not believe what I was seeing. I felt sick to my stomach.

"I started banging on the windows to get them to stop.

"The youths jumped back in their car and sped off."

Emmie was so badly hurt that at first Kara did not realise she was a dog. She said: "It was awful to see that poor dog in the road.

"How anyone could do this to an animal is beyond belief. These idiots have to be punished."

Retired fireman Keith said: "My wife is just getting over cancer and I've had a triple heart bypass. Emmie gave us something to live for."

The former grenadier guard called for National Service to be brought back to tame the yobs.

Police are now hunting the brutes. Detective Constable Russ Conlon said it was "a despicable act."

The RSPCA said: yesterday "This was callous. Unfortunately, we hear of incidents like this every year around Bonfire Night. But this is truly awful."

Latest -

Record number of animals suffer due to fireworks

Mabel with her owner

A new RSPCA report reveals that a proposed EU Directive could condemn animals to a lifetime of suffering fear and distress on and around Bonfire Night.

Shocking new figures showing animals are still being caused suffering and distress by loud fireworks have been released:

  • 245 complaints were received in November 2004 - the highest number to date
  • vets reported that they dealt with 682 cases where animals were treated for distress and injuries due to fireworks in October and November
  • Between 1 October and 30 November 2004, the RSPCA received 848 firework-related calls. Of these, 324 were complaints, and 76 were about lost, found and rescued animals.

    More misery predicted
    With Bonfire Night fast approaching the Society predicts that pets and wildlife will suffer similar misery. Sad cases are already emerging - Jack Russell Mabel (pictured above with her owner) recently died in a tragic incident after she bolted from the noise of fireworks and was hit by two cars in Newquay, Cornwall.

    Keep the noise down!
    "Thousands of animals up and down the country suffer distress or injury every year because of firework noise," said Tim Miles, the RSPCA's chief veterinary adviser. "Our research shows this distress could be dramatically reduced if fireworks no louder than 97 decibels (dBAI) were available to the public for private displays."

    New RSPCA-commissioned research, revealed in the report Keep the noise down, concludes that a noise limit of 97 decibels (dBAI) should be set for fireworks available for private use by the public. This noise level, similar to that of a car door slamming, would help reduce the distress and suffering loud fireworks cause animals. The current noise limit is 120 decibels (dBAI) - equivalent to a jet aircraft taking off or a pneumatic drill being used one metre away.

    A draft EU Directive is proposing that the noise limit of 120 decibels (dBAI) be implemented Europe-wide ? this could prevent the UK government from setting its own lower noise limit in future.

    "The government must ensure regulations go far enough to reduce distress to animals and a clause should be included in the EU Directive that allows member states to set their own maximum noise limits for fireworks," continued Mr Miles. "Fireworks don't have to be loud to be impressive."

    Act now
  • For a list of low-noise fireworks and/or to download a copy of the report, go to: www.rspca.org.uk/fireworks or call the RSPCA's enquiry line on 0870 33 35 999.
  • Protect your pets during the fireworks' season.
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