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Protect your pets this 4th of July
The city of Reynoldsburg wishes everyone a safe and happy summer and reminds pet owners that animals do not belong at special events.
Many domestic animals are frightened by crowds, fireworks and other loud noises. Each year, hundreds of animals are lost across the country as a result of noise related to Independence Day celebrations.
Below are some simple suggestions to help ensure the safety of your pets and others.
• If your animal is sensitive to loud noises, know your community special events.
• Do not bring your pet to a special event or fireworks display. The stress of a strange location, heat, crowds and loud noises can cause the most mild mannered pet to behave poorly.
• Keep them inside. Bring indoor/outdoor cats and dogs inside. Set up a nice quiet spot in a windowless room, if possible, or keep them in a carrier or kennel. A frightened dog will find a way to escape and a tied up dog may strangle itself trying to get away.
• Leave the TV or radio on to distract them; soothing noise may help keep pets calm.
• Walk Fido before the fireworks start. If you must take your dog out during the fireworks, keep him on a leash, and avoid ground fireworks to prevent injury or fright.
• If your dog or cat is especially noise sensitive, consider having someone stay home with them, taking them to a boarding facility or discussing tranquilizers with your vet.
• License and tag your pets with your current address and phone number.
If your cat or dog does run away, there are several steps to take. Visit your local animal shelter. County animal shelters will be open on Sunday, July 4 and they will be closed on Monday, July 5.
If your dog or cat is not there, be persistent and keep checking back, it might take several days for them to arrive.
The Franklin County animal shelter can be reached during business hours at (614) 462-4361 or 24 hours a day at the hotline number (614) 462-3400.
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