The booms and flashes of fireworks can panic a dog, and it can take off running, often covering a lot of ground.
Every year in Belmont County, six to 10 dogs run away from home on or around July 4.
Dog Warden Lisa Williams says the calls come in the next day, people asking if their dog ended up at the shelter.
This year only one runaway was reported–a collie named Liam–and he has been found alive and well.
Williams urges pet owners to insulate their dog from the booms and flashes.
“Take them in the house,” Willams advises. “Turn on your lights so they don’t see the flash out the window. Turn on your air conditioner. Turn your TV or radio up so it blocks that noise. It’s a lot less stressful and we won’t have dogs running loose, maybe potentially getting hit or coming up missing for days.”
She says if your dog does take off, be sure to call the shelter and talk to your mail carrier and your neighbors.
One dog was brought to the shelter that was running loose.
They don’t know if it was fireworks-related.
Williams says even if your town’s fireworks are over, your neighbors could still be setting off their own, for days to come.