EAMONN Holmes has slammed fireworks saying they terrifying his dog – and said they should be banned outside certain times.
The broadcaster, 61, and his wife Ruth Langsford adopted their Collie-cross Maggie from the Dog’s Trust 11 years ago.
And the This Morning star loves the family pooch so much that he commissioned a life-sized bronze statue of her last year for their home.
Now with Guy Fawkes Night fast approaching, Eamonn has urged the public to rethink using fireworks and considered the effect the noise has on our pets.
Writing in Best magazine, the TV star shared a photo of their beloved Maggie responding to a firework and admitted the noise “scares her witless”.
He wrote: “I don’t know what she thinks is happening, but the bangs and flashes scare her witless. It’s so distressing to watch. If you have a pet, you will share our helplessness.
“It’s pure animal cruelty but nobody in charge seems to care. There’s more that could be done. Restricting the dates and hours in which fireworks can be set off is one, instead of a month-long blitzkrieg.
“Nothing I or Ruth say will make a darn bit of difference but my dog, anyone’s dog, cat rabbit, pony or farm animal’s face or response just might. Few children will prefer a display over distress.”
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Eamonn added that he has tried “everything” to keep Maggie calm from comfort blankets to treats but nothing “comforts” her when she hears their loud bang.
One solution the morning presenter suggested was to limit what fireworks could be used for and insisted that they should only be used for Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night or New Year’s Eve.
Last year, Eamonn paid tribute to Maggie by getting a bronze statue made of her .
Speaking to Mike Graham and Kevin O'Sullivan on their Dogma podcast , he said he initially wanted to memorialise his four-legged friend by having it stuffed by a taxidermist after she passed away.
But “appalled” Ruth wasn't having any of it, so the couple agreed on a dopple-ganger statue instead.
Eamonn explained: "It's like having two dogs in the house. Maggie looks at this other dog and thinks it's alive!
“If Maggie ever goes, I wanted something to capture her in her prime.”
If you’re looking for tips on how to protect your pets this Bonfire Night click here .
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