Fourth of July fireworks scare animals

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Fourth of July fireworks are a right of passage for many celebrating independence day, but your four-legged friends may not have enjoyed the loud noises that come along with it.

Mesa County Animal Services reported 30 calls were made to the shelter in four hours on Independence Day. This year, officials, focused on returning animal directly to the owners. Today Mesa County Animal Services returned six pets to their owners.

The shelter says they were prepared for extra animals coming into the facility, but the good news is, people are picking up their animals. They anticipate to have most of the animals picked up by the end of the weekend.

Officials want to remind the public that a lot of loose dogs are petrified by thunderstorms and the noise. They can go through the fence and under the fence because they panic.

Mesa County Animal Service officials suggest listening to the local weather forecast and if there are storms, they advise putting your dog inside or turning on background noise so the dog doesn't hear the thunder.

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