AN emu was among spooked animals that escaped their homes and were recovered by Knox Council officers over the new year period.
Illegal fireworks and loud parties terrified many pets in Knox on New Year's Eve but the number of escapees was down on the previous year's figures, the council's city health and safety manager Steven Dickson said.
Ten dogs were collected by council officers over the period. Seven were taken to the pound while three that were wearing current registration tags were returned to their owners.
Last year 23 dogs were collected by council officers over the new year period.
If no registration tag or microchip was found, the animals were taken to RSPCA at Burwood and a release fee was charged, Mr Dickson said.
RSPCA Victoria spokesman Tim Pilgrim told the Weekly 31 animals were delivered to the Burwood site on New Year's Eve, compared with 51 the previous year.
Two of the dogs recovered have not been collected by their owners and will now be placed up for adoption after veterinary checks.
Mr Pilgrim said the emu was residing in the RSPCA wildlife fields.
As Australia Day approaches, Mr Dickson said it was simple to keep pets safe.
"If you know there are going to be fireworks in your area, make suitable arrangements to comfort and secure your pet."