The council worker had to pull out of an offer on a new house to afford a £6,000+ vet bill for emergency spinal surgery to remove the damaged tissue.
However, Dixie is still in so much distress that she is not responding to physiotherapy and risks never being able to use her hind legs again. Melissa, 28, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Usually I would take her away to the highlands but I was working New Year’s Day.
‘The fireworks started very early at about 9.30pm. She had violent tremors and was shaking the whole way through. The fireworks did not finish until about 7 in the morning.
‘It was like she was having a seizure. It’s heartbreaking.
‘She currently can’t walk and if she doesn’t regain the feeling in her legs she wont be able to walk on her hind legs.She will be permanently damaged’.
Melissa is hoping Dixie will regain the feeling in her legs but said even if she does, her ‘active’ pup who loves playing in the Scottish highlands will never be as strong as she once was. Dixie panted and panicked so much during the 10 hours of fireworks on New Year’s Eve that she also suffered a heart murmur and is still in the care of the University of Glasgow vet hospital.
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Melissa said her story was just one example of the of the ‘unnecessary stress caused to animals’ due to the sale of fireworks to the public. In the run up to bonfire night last year a distressed dog owner told Metro.co.uk her Labrador Cross went blind after her eyes ‘popped’ during a fireworks display .
Try to ignore the gentle prod with a nose under the table (Picture: Getty)One in five dog owners admitted that they believe giving their dog extra treats from their own plate shows them that they love them and that they are one of the family, with chicken (77%), beef (68%), sausages (67%), ham (63%) and vegetables (57%) listed as the most commonly fed foods.
We also reported on the heartbreaking case of an 18-month-old puppy that died after suffering a heart attack when it was left terrified by fireworks.A woman also shared footage of her dog quaking in fear on her kitchen floor because of the constant noise of fireworks from a Bonfire display.
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How does your dog react to fireworks? Send your pictures to [email protected]As a result of the distress caused to pets, Sainsbury’s promised to ban the sale of fireworks last year. They followed in the footsteps of the Co-op, which has not sold them for the last five years.
But activists like Melissa think there should be an outright ban on their sale before more dogs die as a result of fireworks.
Margaret Adams, 85, said Suzy the Labrador cross experiences extreme distress when fireworks season begin every year.Susan Paterson revealed on Facebook that Molly died in Wombwell, near Barnsley, South YorkshireSuzy’s story follows the news that a puppy died after suffering a heart attack during a fireworks display.
She said: ‘People who don’t know how to use them should not be able to buy them. I am on Facebook groups for lost dogs and there is always an increase in them running away when there are fireworks, it almost doubles.‘I know it’s the UK government that are in charge of the law but I have reached out to Nicola Sturgeon to bring some attention to the issue’.
Melissa has started a petition to the Scottish government but previous attempts to ban the sale of fireworks to protect animals have fallen on deaf ears.
Over half a million people have signed a similar petition to the Office for Product Safety and Standards, which was set up by the Government in January 2018 to discuss the negative impact of fireworks.
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However, two years later there has been little movement on the issue and campaigners are now calling for a review into firework regulations as a step to minimise distress to animals.