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Regional Animal Services reminds residents to keep their pets safe on the Fourth of July

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WCSO NEWS —dog-199x300-3838375-8243765 As public fireworks displays begin thundering on the Fourth of July, the phones start ringing at Regional Animal Services. Every year, Animal Services sees a sharp increase in stray dog calls during the 24-hour period around July 4 and 5 as dogs attempt to flee from the noisy fireworks.

Fourth of July fireworks are no fun for dogs.” Regional Animal Services Director Barry Brode said. “Some will go to extreme measures, such as jumping through open windows, in their effort to escape the noise. Once out, these dogs may wander many miles from home, or hide themselves under decks or sheds for days. This includes cats as well!”

To help keep pets home and safe over the Fourth of July holiday, Regional Animal Services offers the following tips:

Before the fireworks start, bring and keep your dog inside
Keep windows and doors closed
Take steps to lower outside noise such as leaving a radio, television, fan, or air conditioner on
If you know your dog does experience extreme anxieties to loud noises, it may be worthwhile to contact your veterinarian to see what recommendations they may have
If you’re going to a firework display, the best way for everyone to get the most enjoyment is to leave your pets at home

Regional Animal Services staff also encourages pet owners to make sure their pets have identification tags and are microchipped just in case they do get lost. This will expedite getting pets and their families reunited. For more information, visit washoeanimals.com.

“Our goal is to help all members of your family enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July celebration,” Brode said.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Regional Animal Services would like to join the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is reminding Washoe County residents that, with the exception of approved public fireworks displays, fireworks are illegal within Washoe County.

While it may be legal to purchase fireworks in some locations outside of Washoe County and on Tribal Lands, it is illegal to possess or use fireworks and/or pyrotechnics within the TMFPD, which includes the unincorporated areas of the County. According to TMFPD, illegal possession or use of fireworks can result in fines up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail for each offense. For more information, contact Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s Fire Prevention Division at (775) 326-6000 or visit www.washoecounty.us/tmfpd.

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