COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Guide Dogs charity seeks restrictions on sale of fireworks

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is to lobby the Department for Trade and Industry for restrictions on the sale, use and noise levels of fireworks now that the Fireworks Bill is about to become law.

Since the Fireworks Bill passed its last hurdle in the House of Lords last week, the organisation has begun drawing up the proposed detail of the rules to protect guide dogs from fireworks.

Around six guide dogs are retired each year after being traumatised by fireworks, and up to 50 have to be retrained. With the cost of sedating guide dogs on 5 November, the charity estimates the effects of fireworks cost it around £250,000 each year.

Guide Dogs public affairs manager Matt Grainger said: "Our focus is shifting from the legislative process to the regulatory process."

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