COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has taken in more than 77 lost dogs since Columbus’ Red, White and Boom celebration on Friday.
Susan Smith, spokesperson for the shelter, said dogs are very sensitive to loud noises and that this is typically the shelter’s busiest weekend of the entire year.
Smith says there are some things dog owners can do to prevent losing a pet or track down a lost one during the Fourth of July celebrations.
First, she suggests making sure your dog is wearing the proper identification on a collar to make it easier to reunite a lost dog with its owner.
“Keep your dogs inside. If you’re outside and you know your dog is reactive to loud noises, keep them on a leash. Don’t leave them in your backyard this weekend at all because that’s when your neighbor is probably going to set off a bottle rocket, and there you go.”
Smith explains that having a micro chip put inside of your pet is also a great way to track it down if it gets lost.
She says 20 dogs have since been reunited with their families. The shelter is expected to take in even more dogs as community and backyard fireworks are expected to continue through Monday.