For Immediate Release 

SAVANNAH, GA (October 28, 2010): Savannah- Chatham Metro Police Department Animal Control  reminds pet owners that although Halloween is a time for fun, ghost , goblins, and plenty of sweets, it can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets.

Here are a few precautions to keep your pet safe and healthy:

 Do not leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween, October 31: there are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.

  • Chocolate is poisonous to many animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Be careful of pets around pumpkins lit with candles: pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
  • Don’t dress the dog in a costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe.
  • Be careful not to obstruct the dog’s vision; even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when their vision impaired.
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through an open door. While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.  ( Courtesy  of ASPCA)                                                                                 

 The Chatham Savannah Animal Control Website