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July Fourth Busiest Time for Humane Society

July 3, 2012, 10:41 PM by Kelly Bartnick

July Fourth Busiest Time for Humane Society

As we begin the dog days of summer it's often extreme heat dampening dog park fun. But for one day something else makes these animals want to run.

“It'd be like having a gun shot go off right next to your head,” Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Officer Mike Larson said.

It's all from the boom of fireworks and even the newest animal 'aficionado' knows the noise can put your pooch into a tail spin.

“We heard some last night when we were outside, and he was like, what's that? Okay, I'm ready to go in, ready for the door,” said Margie Robinson as she clutched the leash of her Catahoula, Dakota.

The Catahoula breed is part Mastiff, and part Greyhound. Dakota is also all yellow-belly.

“He's kind of shy,” Robinson said. “For a big guy he's kind of a big chicken.”

But Dakota is not alone. Most pets tend to freak out from fireworks. Humane society officials say it's a time of year when their sensitive hearing can drive them wild.

“Some will run for miles. We'll find them even on a county line over or in another town over. You never know what an animal's going do,” Larson said. “There have been reports of jumping through windows.”

That's why Larson says July fourth is to the Humane Society what Thanksgiving is for retailers. Calm before a really big storm as people pack up the fireworks and realize Fido is nowhere to be found.

“They're going to be out of their element with the loud noises as well as with new people, new faces, or even new places if you're going to take them with you,” Larson said.

He says keep an eye on pets, and if you leave them home, don't leave them outside. And always remember to call the professionals to help find your lost pet, but on their busiest day of the year be prepared for a busy signal.

Cats can also be scared by fireworks. Another tip from the humane society is to remain calm so your pet won't think something is up. You can also put them in the lowest level of your homes, and even turn on music or other white noise to drown the outside noise.

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