Kanoa Lloyd slams Guy Fawkes after fireworks terrify her dog, litter her local park

The Project NZ host Kanoa Lloyd has documented how this year's Guy Fawkes celebrations terrified her dog and left her local park strewn with rubbish. 

Lloyd is campaigning to ban private fireworks altogether on Instagram after she shared snapshots of her frightened dog Brown cowering from the noise on Tuesday night. 

"Happy Guy Fawkes," she captioned the photo of Brown wearing headphones to protect his ears. 

Kanoa Lloyd slams Guy Fawkes after fireworks terrify her dog, litter her local park
Photo credit: Instagram/Kanoa Lloyd

"I hope you're having fun, because Brown is NOT." 

Another picture showed Brown hiding under the couch in fear. 

Kanoa Lloyd slams Guy Fawkes after fireworks terrify her dog, litter her local park
Photo credit: Instagram/Kanoa Lloyd

The next day, the broadcaster shared footage from a clean-up in her local reserve as she filled rubbish bags with discarded fireworks from the night before. 

"I was already mad, then I woke up this morning to this," she said in a clip of the debris posted to her Instagram story. 

"Double dickhead points for you losers. Thanks heaps." 

Kanoa Lloyd slams Guy Fawkes after fireworks terrify her dog, litter her local park
Photo credit: Instagram/Kanoa Lloyd

Lloyd told Newshub she received an overwhelming response to her social media posts from people who were also keen to see a private fireworks ban. 

"It was all supportive," she said. 

"Animal owners, parents, other people cleaning up rubbish in parks around their homes. I think people are totally over the mess and stress of private fireworks." 

Lloyd heard from one pet owner who was worried their 12-year-old lab was "going to have a heart attack", and another that pointed out "there's always awful people who use [Guy Fawkes] as a tool for abuse". 

A local vet also got in touch to advise that prescribed anti-anxiety medication could help stressed animals, as well as Rescue Remedy applied to the back of the ears or pet's bedding. 

Lloyd added that she felt those looking to 'just have fun' on Guy Fawkes should consider other ways to do that. 

"I'm all for getting together with your friends and family - but do it at a public display, or have a game of backyard cricket or, if your local district allows it: a bonfire and a sing-along instead," she said. 

Last year, Lloyd suggested New Zealanders should have a public holiday for Matariki, borrowing the day from Queen's Birthday and the fireworks displays from Guy Fawkes. 

Wellington made the move to switch their annual council 'Sky Show' fireworks display from Guy Fawkes day to Matariki at the end of 2017. 

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