Animal shelters see heavier traffic after pets scared by fireworks

8:16 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR) It's fun for most of us to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July, but it can be a completely different experience for your pets.

"Animals are really afraid of the sounds and lights and something they haven't typically heard. So we recommend that people keep their animals indoors," said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young Williams Animal Center.

Animal shelters around East Tennessee kept busy with more animals than normal Friday because of some explosive Fourth of July celebrations.

Young Williams says Thursday's fireworks scared away dozens of pets from their homes. They said animal control officers are picking up more pets than normal, and they expect the increase in traffic to stay steady this weekend with more people shooting off fireworks.

Shelter workers and police officers say it's important to keep pets inside and make them feel comfortable.

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