Animal Control Officials Urge Caution When Leaving Pets Home During July 4th Fireworks

UPDATED: Friday July 4, 2014 4:32 PM

Chances are pretty good you'll check out a fireworks display in central Ohio this week.  While you might marvel at the rockets' red glare, it can be very scary for your dog.

Many times, the loud boom of the fireworks can frighten pets left at home.  In a panic, they can hop a fence or race out of the house to escape the noise.

That’s why the Fourth of July holiday is a very busy weekend for dog wardens in Franklin County.  By Friday afternoon, the dog warden had captured 34 dogs.  A spokesman says wardens will continue to pick up dogs through the holiday weekend in hopes of reuniting them with their owners.

However, owners are cautioned that they will not be able to pick up their lost pet until the shelter re-opens after the July 4th holiday.  Officials add that the shelter is nearly full and encourage owners looking for their lost pet to visit the shelter as soon as they open on Saturday morning at 9 AM.

Anyone who may have lost a pet over the weekend can visit the Franklin County Lost & Found page.  Visitors can also find tips on finding your lost dog and what to do if you have found a lost pet.

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