Remember to keep pets safe on the 4th of July

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control reminds pet owners to keep their pets safe during the upcoming holiday.

The sudden explosion of fireworks can cause animals to panic and every year, the loud booms of fireworks contribute to the increased number of runaway pets that are found and given to Animal Care & Control.

FWACC has these tips for pet owners:

  • Keep dogs inside your home or in a well-ventilated building as much as possible when fireworks are being used in your area. Cats should be kept inside at all times.
  • Secure gates and supervise your animals while outside. Be sure to keep a current identification tag on your pet’s collar.
  • Pets should not be taken to any parade or celebration where fireworks or sirens occur.  Loud noises increase the chance of your pet fleeing and becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
  • Leaving an animal in a parked car when conditions pose a health hazard will result in a ticket. Even on a 70-degree day the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Partially opened windows won’t provide sufficient air, but do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen, experience a seizure or suffer death in a short timeframe.
  • If your pet disappears, the Animal Care & Control business office will be open Monday, July 7th from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for people to search for a lost pet.  Anyone finding a lost animal is asked to file a found report with the shelter.  The animal can be kept in the finder’s home or relinquished to Animal Care & Control, located at 3020 Hillegas Road.  Call 427-1244 for information and to immediately report a found pet.

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