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Date Released: 6/28/2012
Subject: July 4th Festivities and Pets
Contact: Sgt. Kym Thompson
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Humboldt County

The July 4th holiday is almost here and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter would like to remind pet owners of the dangers associated with those festivities and animals. Every 4th of July holiday brings loud noises and disturbing activities, which frighten animals, causing otherwise docile and friendly pets to become agitated. Animals, when frightened, will often run away. Do not allow your pet to be in the vicinity of fireworks or other loud noises to reduce the likelihood of an accident or injury.

We suggest keeping your pet indoors, in the garage or in a secured pen during the holiday celebrations. Make sure your dog is licensed, and is wearing a collar with the license tag securely attached. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter strongly encourages pet owners to micro-chip their dogs and cats. Local veterinarians and animal welfare groups can assist with micro-chipping. This is cheap insurance to assure you and your pet will be re-united should they become lost.

If your pet does get lost please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter as soon as possible at 707-840-9132. The shelter is located next to the airport in McKinleyville, at 980 Lycoming Ave. The shelter will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 however will be open again on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for adoptions and redemptions animals. If your pet becomes lost, we recommend that you contact us here at the shelter or check our website at to view all of our animals. If you find a lost animal, please report it to the appropriate law enforcement/ animal regulatory agency where the animal was found. The shelter also maintains a lost animal log book.

There are currently many adoptable pets at the shelter that are waiting for a good home!

Mike Downey




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