Keeping your pets safe during Independence Day

The next few days will be filled with fireworks and celebration, but the festivities can be hard on our four legged friends.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 3:10 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 3:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The next few days will be filled with fireworks and celebration, but the festivities can be hard on our four legged friends.

Lafayette Animal Control and Almost Home Humane Society said they are prepping for the 4th of July holiday weekend and how you can keep your pets safe.

"It's not just the 4th of July, it's the days prior and the days after, we do see a bit of an increase in stray dogs and dogs getting loose from their homes," said Lafayette's Chief Animal Control Officer, Josh Klumpe.

"First off, is if you have a fenced in area that you let your dog out, inspect that fence, make sure that there's no way your dog can get out, and when there are fireworks going off, that might heighten your dogs intensity to get away," said Klumpe. "If you have a high anxiety dog, where this time of year is very very stressful on them, call your veterinarian, see if there's some medications they can prescribe."

"If you're missing your animal, contact your humane societies, get it on social media, contact your police departments," said Klumpe.
"Dogs and cats picked up in the Lafayette and West Lafayette city limits are brought to the Almost Home Humane Society."

"We'll be leaving radios on throughout the buildings we have here on the campus, and enrich your dogs," said Almost Home Humane Society's Executive Director, Roger Ganley. "We'll be giving the dogs "kongs" and additional treats. So it's more healthy for them and they're scared less."

"At the end of the day, you know your animal, and if you don't know your animal and this is your first 4th of July, maybe you leave them home," said Klumpe.

If you find your pet to be missing over the holiday weekend, Call your local police department.

A list of phone numbers for the local departments and animal control are below.

765-775-5200 West Lafayette Police Department

765-807-1200 Lafayette Police Department and Animal Control

765-423-9388 Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office

765-474-5222 Almost Home Humane Society 

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