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Preston County Animal Shelter warns all pet owners of July 4th safety precautions


With Fourth of July less than a week away, many festivities are taking place throughout the state, but what some don’t realize is loud activities such as fireworks scare many animals. 

The Preston County Shelter is one shelter that has seen the effects from these loud festivities. 

Volunteers from the shelter said they have seen an increase in the amount of stray cats and dogs wandering the streets. 

Volunteers Anita Berns said it’s the loud festivities like fireworks scare the animals and cause them to run away from their homes. 

“It scares a lot of dogs and cats and they run away, they break from the chains and then they end up on the streets and we get the call saying there is a stray dog running around and it is very hard for us to identify who the dog belongs to,” said Bernes. 

Animal shelters like the Preston County Animal Shelter are asking all pet owners to take precautions during all Fourth of July festivities and to make sure all pets have identification tags with the owner’s current phone number. 

If an animal is found in the Preston County area please call the Preston County Animal Shelter at (304) 329-3261. 

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