Protect your pets this 4th of July.

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Fireworks may be fun for people to watch, but for pets it can be a different story.

Mesa County Animal Services picks up dozens of dogs who are lost and can't find their way home over the holiday weekend. Officials say fireworks and backyard BBQ’s put your pet at risk, but there are some simple measures you can take to protect your pet.

Some tips are never leave your pets outside unattended, make sure your pets are wearing ID tags and if you're celebrating outdoors for the holiday be mindful of how you can make sure your dog is safely confined at home and doesn't escape.

"Even dogs that are normally in the backyard and just fine, during fireworks or afternoon thunderstorms will escape and then they're going to be running loose in the community and that's not good," says Penny McCarty, Director of Mesa County Animal Services.

Mesa County Animal Services will be open July 4th, 5th and 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. to reunite pets with their owners.

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