The 4th of July holiday is fast approaching, and among cautions about not driving while intoxicated and heeding laws regarding fireworks, the Prescott Valley Police Department is asking residents to take special care with their dogs.
Yavapai Humane Society managers say the days following the 4th of July are the busiest of the year. Dogs terrified by the loud noises of fireworks can escape even normally secure fences, jump through windows, and chew through leashes or tethers.
Some tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday fireworks include:
Keep your pet inside, and turn on a radio or TV to provide familiar sound and to mask the sound of fireworks.
Don’t take your pet to the fireworks! The loud noises and sights are more terrifying close up! Please note that pets are NOT permitted at Prescott Valley’s 4th of July fireworks show at Mountain Valley Park.
Make sure your pet has a microchip or is wearing current identification in case he gets lost.
Prescott Valley Animal Control will be on duty during the 4th Holiday, and fully staffed on July 5 and 6. If you lose a pet or find one during the holiday, you can call Animal Control at 928-772-5190. Animal Control officers will be monitoring the line. Other resources for getting the word out about lost and found pets are the Craigslist Pet section, and the Facebook Lost Pets of Northern Arizona page. These pages are helpful because they also allow you to post a photo of your pet.
The Yavapai Humane Society is closed on July 4, but you can report lost or found pets as soon as they open on Tuesday, July 5, at 928-515-2379.
As always, for emergencies, call 911, and for non-emergencies, call the Prescott Valley Police dispatch line at 928-772-9267.