The frightening, disorienting effects of fireworks on pets has made July 5 the busiest day for animal control officers, left with the task of finding pets who fled from the perceived threat. John Welsh with Riverside County Animal Control explains how owners can keep furry citizens safe and calm during the explosive displays. Craig Fiegener reports from Riverside for Today in LA on July 4, 2012.
While the Fourth of July arouses patriotism for many Americans, the festivities – namely, the explosive extravaganza that is a fireworks display –aren’t as inspiring for the U.S.’s furry citizens.
Fireworks can turn an otherwise normal evening into a warzone for pets, activating their flight instinct.
"They’ll do anything to get away from the noise," said John Welsh with Riverside County Animal Control.
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The frightening, disorienting effects of fireworks on pets has made July 5 the busiest day for animal control officers, left with the task of finding pets who fled from the perceived threat.
"We see an increase in strays running on our local freeways, pets found far from home and injured animals," Marcia Mayeda, director of the LA County Department of Animal Care and Control, said in a statement.
Last July 5, Riverside animal control officers found 168 dead dogs and are asking pet owners to take precautions this year.
"Place your dog or your cat in a backroom, maybe with some music playing or a TV on. Give the dog a chew toy," Welsh said.
The LA County department of animal control released a list of tips to keep pets safe while their owners “ooh” and “aah” at sky:
If you are leaving town for the weekend and cannot take your pets with you, make sure you leave them with someone who will be cautious and responsible during the Fourth of July celebrations.
LA county animal control center will be open on July 4 for anyone wishing to turn in a found animal or searching for a lost one. Animal care centers will operate on their normal schedule July 5.
Here’s a list of local animal care centers: