Fireworks cause spike in missing and runaway dogs

Created: 07/05/2014 5:22 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque is seeing big a spike in dogs winding up at city shelters this 4th of July weekend and the city said fireworks are to blame. To us it’s the sound of a fun Independence Day weekend. But for our pets, especially dogs, the sound can be terrifying.

“It was a stressful night for humans and dogs,” said Elizabeth Collins, who brought her dog, Shadow, to the dog park Saturday morning to release some of that stress.

As a dog owner, she doesn’t look forward to what comes along with this weekend’s celebrations.

“Oh, I dread it,” she said. “The minute those tents go up I start thinking about not only the fire danger, but what am I going to do with my dog.”

The 4th of July may be over, but the fireworks will continue all weekend. So remember to keep your dog inside or somewhere they can’t easily escape if they’re spooked by the sound.

“You just have to make sure the dog keeps close. Don't leave them outside,” said Collins.

Kyle Sparman and Candace Ricks are visiting from T-or-C and had to cut their night short because how all the fireworks affected their dogs.

“The party we were had dogs as well and their dogs freaked out and ours didn't,” said Ricks. “But since theirs were going crazy, ours were going crazy. So we ended up leaving and going back to our hotel.”

The Animal Welfare Department says it’s taken in 67 dogs since Friday. That’s compared to just 46 the same time last week.

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