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Runaway pets, arrests surround holiday
by Nneka M. Okona
July 10, 2012 01:31 PM | 800 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fourth of July went as usual with fireworks and celebration through Henry County, although there were a few minor occurrences.

Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer, said it was “fairly quiet” on his end for the holiday, while Major Jason Bolton reported a number of arrests for driving under the influence instances.

“I am told that our department made eight D.U.I arrests,” he said.

Another issue that was prevalent on the Fourth were pet disappearances.

According to Gerri Yoder, the Fourth of July is notorious for high numbers of missing pets.

“In 2011, calls regarding missing pets increased 70 percent between July 1 and 4,” she said.

Yoder said since the hearing threshold of dogs is far superior to ours, they are more sensitive to loud noises, such as fireworks.

“Many dogs become frantic when the fireworks start,” she said. “The dog panics and takes off. They don’t know where they are going. They just know that they have to get away. Not only is the dog lost, it but is miles away from home.”

To prevent a missing pet because of the fear of fireworks, Yoder had simple advice.

“Don’t take your pet with you to any celebration events,” she said. “If you leave them at home, put them in a back bedroom.”

Additionally, Yoder recommended that owners place either a nametag or a microchip on their dog in case they do get lost.

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