Pets and fireworks

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Plenty of people enjoy Fourth of July fireworks festivities, but most pets don’t.

Mesa County animal control says the best thing you can do is keep your pets inside. Find the quietest room in the house, and keep them in there, to help them stay as calm as possible.

Animal control is already busy, as people are already setting off fireworks. Besides being rough on your dogs, the fireworks could lead to trouble for your wallet.

"You will get a citation for dog at large if your dog isn't current on its Mesa County vaccination license," Kevin Bozarth, Mesa County Animal Services, said.

That ticket could cost you anywhere from $50 to $150.

Animal control will be working late on Independence Day, till about 9 p.m. If your pet goes missing, their number is (970) 242-4646.