Local Shelter Seeks Spike of Runaway Animals During the July 4th Holiday

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Fourth of July weekend fireworks may have been fun for most people, but they were downright frightening for animals.

Local animal shelters in Midland say they've seen an increase in dogs and cats after this last holiday weekend.

Lone Star Animal Shelter says that's because the animals were scared by the popping fireworks and ran away from home.

"A lot of dogs get scared because of the fireworks and another reason is the thunder. People need to put tags on their pets so that they can be returned to the right home when we pick them up," Kirk French with Lone Star Animal Shelter, said.

French says it's also important to keep the information on those tags up to date.