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Keep pets safe on the Fourth

Community: Animal-rights group offers a few safety tips for the holiday

Posted: July 3, 2010 9:55 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

To dogs, cats and other animals, the Fourth of July might seem more like World War III than a summertime celebration.

Noisy fireworks are frightening to pets.

When animals hear the cracks and booms in the sky, many panic and break chains, jump fences and even crash through windows to get away from the terrifying sounds, according to a news release from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The animal-rights organization encourages everyone to take the following precautions to ensure the comfort and safety of animal companions:

- Keep cats and dogs inside during fireworks displays, and if possible, stay with them.

- Leave animals at home during the celebrations — never take them to watch fireworks displays.

- Never leave animals tethered or chained outside; they can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise.

- Close windows and curtains. Turn on a radio that’s tuned to a classical music station, or turn on the television to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.

- Make sure that your animal companion is wearing a collar or harness with an up-to-date identification tag.

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