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Help protect household pets during 4th of July fireworks

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 7/04 6:54 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — While people enjoy the blasts fireworks make during Independence Day celebrations, it's not as fun for family pets.

The Fourth of July is annually the busiest day of the year for animal shelters across the valley.

The loud bangs make the holiday one of the scariest days of the year for pets.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue says because of an animal's super-sensitive hearing, the blasts can cause pets to bolt, hide and get lost if they aren't supervised.

But there are ways to keep them feeling safe and secure, according to Kathy Jung, president of the Nevada SPCA.

“Put them in a room, turn on the TV, turn on the music, keep the lights on in that room,” Jung said. “Because not only will they hear the loud popping noise, but if the lights are out, it will be like a lightning effect to them as well, so it’s just that much more scary.”

On a typical weekend, the SPCA takes in one or two stray dogs. This weekend, it is expecting at least 40.

If your pet does escape, make sure you bring a picture of him or her when you search at the Lied Animal Shelter and the SPCA.
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