Experts expect increase in dog runaways during holiday fireworks

The noise from fireworks can make some dogs anxious and even run away. WAAY talked to Huntsville Animal Shelter officials as well as local dog owners about how to keep your dog safe and what to do if you find a lost dog.

Posted: Jul 4, 2018 5:30 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2018 6:56 PM

While fireworks are entertaining to watch, they can be triggers for others, including your pets.
The 4th of July, more than any other night, is the time where more pets escape from your yard due to the loud noises from fireworks.

David Schwartz owns two-year-old Pablo and told WAAY that Pablo has had trouble with fireworks in the past. 

"He gets pretty intimidated by them," Schwartz.

Pablo isnt alone-- officials from the Huntsville Animal Shelter told WAAY they see an increase in dog runaways around independence day every year.

If you find a lost dog, first check for a number on the tag. If there isn't a number check your neighborhood's Facebook or post to the Huntsville Animal Service's Facebook.

"We love fireworks but not a good place for dogs, I really dont want to put him through that fear if I can avoid it," Schwartz.

If your dog does bolt this holiday you can stop by huntsville animal shelter when it re-opens July 5th to see if you're dog was brought in by a neighbor.

Experts say if your pets get scared by firewowrks try turning the ceiling fan or tv on to help drown some of the noise.

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