Man charged after fireworks issue double blow

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Emmie the Yorkshire Terrier A 19-year-old man who tried to blow up a dead Yorkshire terrier with a firework has pleaded guilty to outraging public decency, and has been ordered to carry out 100 hours community service and pay £250 in costs.
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A 19-year-old man who tried to blow up a dead Yorkshire terrier with a firework has pleaded guilty to outraging public decency, and has been ordered to carry out 100 hours community service and pay £250 in costs.

Bradford Crown Court heard how a local resident was outraged when she saw three young men putting a firework in a dog's carcass and taking photographs. Steven Robinson of Linthwaite, Huddersfield, later admitted inserting a firework into the carcass of Yorkshire terrier Emmie while another 16-year-old youth took photographs with his mobile phone.

Little Emmie had escaped from the back garden of her home in Huddersfield after being frightened by the sound of noisy fireworks on 27 October 2005 - her owners sat up all night waiting for her to come home. A post-mortem revealed that she had been killed in a road accident before being discovered by Robinson.

RSPCA Inspector Alison Wilkinson, who assisted police during the investigation of this case, said: "The nature of Emmie's death and the circumstances surrounding it have been incredibly shocking for all concerned, not least for her devastated owners.

"The police investigation and subsequent court case has, quite rightly, centred on what happened to Emmie after she was involved in the car accident on the evening of 27 October last year. But it's important to remember that these events took place only after Emmie was so terrified by the sound of exploding fireworks that she escaped from a back garden and ran blindly into the road, where she was hit by a car."

Keep the noise down
The sheer terror experienced by animals as a result of fireworks could be dramatically reduced if only people would realise that quieter fireworks can still be just as much fun. The RSPCA believes that a noise limit of 97 decibels 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 - equivalent to a jet aircraft taking off.

Help prevent other animals suffering the same tragic fate as Emmie, find out more about the call for quiet fireworks campaign.

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