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Experts say fireworks shows cause stray pets

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The loud booms and bright lights from fireworks shows are Fourth of July traditions but experts say they spook many pets too.

"This ends up being the number one day for intake at animal shelters because the pets panic and then come in as strays," said Liz Friedenfels of the Lincoln County Humane Society in Merrill.

Shelter leaders suggest pet owners keep their cats and dogs indoors during fireworks shows, providing a quiet environment that is familiar.

"Make sure you shut doors and close windows. All too often scared pets will push out a screen and escape," said Friedenfels.

By keeping identification tags on your animal, Friedenfels says you are more likely to get them back if they do run off.

If that happens, she advises you contact shelters in your area and use social media sites like Lost Dogs of Wisconsin and Lost Cats of Wisconsin to get the word out.

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