Keeping Your Pets Safe on July 4th
Owners encouraged to keep pets inside as fireworks begin
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PALM DESERT - Pet owners are being encouraged to keep their pets inside on July 4th.
Riverside County Animal Services says it's one of their busiest days of the year, as pets scared by the bright flashes and loud sounds of fireworks try to escape the area and often end up dying in the process.
Last year on July 5th, Riverside County Animal Services retrieved 306 dead animals - the highest post-July 4th since the department started keeping count in 2006.
Experts say the easiest way for pet owners to ensure their pet won't run away scared is by placing them in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of the home. Pet owners should be aware that some dogs will do anything to get away from the sounds and flashes from fireworks.
Having a person at home with the pet also helps keep the animal calm and helps ensure the pet doesn't escape.