Animal Control sees increase in lost pets on July 4th holiday - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Animal Control sees increase in lost pets on July 4th holiday

The fourth and the fifth of July are the busiest days of the year for Animal Control. More pets run away on this holiday than any other.

"They have a very heightened sense of hearing and the fireworks are like bombs to them," said Shannon Barlow, Assistant Director of Animal Control in Amarillo. "They really really unnerve animals. From live stock animals to companion animals which are dogs and cats. Its really unfortunate."

While you may be out enjoying the fireworks, there is a good chance your pet may be frightened. "Animals don't know what to do. So they either look up or run in fear and they end up getting hit by cars or causing an accident. They can also cause animals that aren't normally aggressive to bite and snap because they're scared," Barlow said.

But, there are a few things you can do to help ease their nerves.
"Play some music for them or leave the TV on if you're going to be gone and you know your pet is afraid of the fireworks," said Jena McFall, from the Humane Society. "Just soothe them as much as you can. Don't just lock them in a crate and let them fend for themselves because they will get very very upset."

If your pet has run away, make sure you check with the Humane Society to see if they are there. 

Colleen Nelson, NewsChannel 10.

 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    Saturday, September 23 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-09-23 18:46:38 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:48 AM EDT2017-09-24 04:48:44 GMT

    It's a show of American military might to North Korea _ the United States says it flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

    It's a show of American military might to North Korea _ the United States says it flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

  • Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

    Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:46:21 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:48 AM EDT2017-09-24 04:48:34 GMT

    McCain opposes latest GOP health care bill, drawing ire from Trump and possibly dealing death blow to repeal-and-replace effort.

    McCain opposes latest GOP health care bill, drawing ire from Trump and possibly dealing death blow to repeal-and-replace effort.

  • Right-wing firebrand plans to hold rally at UC Berkeley

    Right-wing firebrand plans to hold rally at UC Berkeley

    Saturday, September 23 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-09-23 20:56:48 GMT
    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:39 AM EDT2017-09-24 04:39:44 GMT

    Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos says he plans to hold a rally at the University of California, Berkeley after a student group who planned a week of events with him pulled out.

    Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos says he plans to hold a rally at the University of California, Berkeley after a student group who planned a week of events with him pulled out.

Powered by Frankly