Fourth Of July Is Critical Time For Pet Owners


UPDATED: Wednesday July 3, 2013 3:12 PM

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with your whole family, and sometimes, pet owners try to include their furry friends in on the celebration.

But experts say it is better to leave them at home.

Susan Smith, a spokeswoman with Franklin County Animal Control, says the center has seen the number of runaway dogs double during this week in previous years.

Smith said that they normally average about 23 dogs a day. During the holiday weekend, they have seen averages as high as 50.

“We encourage dog owners to leave their pets inside during fireworks,” Smith said.

Kerry Manion, the Chief Humane Agent at the Capital Area Humane Society, says it is important for pet owners to make sure that registration and phone numbers are up to date.

“It’s a time for owners to be more on guard for their pet’s safety,” Manion said.

He said that pets often get spooked, not only from the loud gatherings but also from back yard fireworks.

Smith encourages people to call the Animal Control Center at 614-525-3647 if their pet is lost or if they found a runaway. Animal control workers will be on-call during the holiday weekend.

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