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Call for restrictions on fireworks after dog killed by car

Muffin was out for a walk when a firework spooked her and she ran out onto a road.

A woman is calling for restrictions to be put on fireworks after her mother's dog was spooked and killed by a car.

Muffin was out for a walk in a field behind her owner Ishbel Strachan's house in Eskbank, Dalkeith at around 5pm on Sunday when nearby fireworks spooked her and she ran off.

The eight-year-old black and white dog bolted onto a road where she was hit by a car, and although she was taken to a veterinary practice, she passed away.

Ishbel's daughter Fiona Strachan White said the family took their dog out for her last walk earlier than usual to avoid the noise of fireworks - but did not expect them to be heard so early.

Fiona said: "She was without a lead because in a field you can just run and play and not expect fireworks to be going off at that time of the day."

"She's really upset about it all, it's been a bit traumatic. She's lost her pal and companion."
Fiona Strachan White

Since the family discovered Muffin had died after running off, they have been heartbroken by the news.

"My mum will be 80 next year and she got the dog just after my Dad died. She'd had her since she was tiny," Fiona said.

"She's really upset about it all, it's been a bit traumatic. She's lost her pal and companion."

Fiona wants people to be more careful about when they let off fireworks, as dog owners may be trying to walk their pets before displays start.

"I think we really need to think about fireworks and when we use them.

"My mum used to always keep her in at night because of the fireworks, but fireworks at 5pm is just ridiculous."

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