Jess Darling. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

RSPCA Victoria is praising dog owners for their success in managing their pets during the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

There were 56 stray dogs brought into RSPCA Victoria animal care centres between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, less than half the number of animals received by shelters over the same period last year.

Four were brought into RSPCA Bendigo, two of which have been reunited with their owners. RSPCA Victoria CEO Liz Walker said it was really pleasing that pet owners appeared to be heeding advice on how to care for their animals during stressful situations, such as fireworks.

“Our pets are part of the family, so it’s encouraging to see owners taking extra precautions to ensure their dogs are safely contained at this time of year,” she said.

For those dogs that have come into one of the RSPCA Victoria shelters, staff are scanning the dogs for microchips.

“A microchipped pet has the best chance of being reunited with its owner,” Dr Walker said.

“Last year, we were able to use microchip information to reunite most of the dogs that came into our care.

“Animals and fireworks simply do not mix,” Dr Walker said.

If anyone finds animals, they can contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222.