July Fourth is ruff for pets

Dogs wait to be adopted at the Kings County Animal Services shelter in Hanford in this file photo. July 4th fireworks can cause dogs to become agitated and run away, often ending up in shelters. 

While celebrating July 4th with fireworks is fun for some of us humans, our four-legged companions may not see it as a good time.

PetAmberAlert, a service that seeks to help lost dogs and owners reunite, estimates that the number of lost and runaway dogs jumps up 30% in the days following July 4th.

Ashley Sodini, outreach coordinator with the Kings County Animal Shelter, said that in past years, the shelter has received up to 40 dogs in one day following the Independence Day holiday.

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