Keep pets safe July 4

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control is reminding pet owners to take extra precautions on July 4.Dogs and cats can become startled and disoriented by the loud noises of fireworks. Pets may panic and attempt to escape their property. To ensure the safety of pets, animal control has offered the following tips: •Make sure your dog's license is current and be sure the tags are securely affixed to your dog's collar. •Keep your pets indoors in a cool, comfortable place. •Do not keep your pets in the backyard, even if they are tied up. Dogs, in particular, can break free from restraints and jump fences when frightened. •Do not take your pets to community firework events. Most events do not allow pets, and the noises are terrifying to them. •If you are leaving town for the weekend and cannot take your pets with you, make sure you leave them with someone who will be cautious during the Fourth of July celebration. The county animal control facility in Downey will be open July 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 5 from 12-7 p.m.

********** Published: July 1, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 11