UPDATE: Dog runaway numbers spike around July 4th

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The 4th of July holiday is the busiest time of the year for animal control. That's because more dogs can be spooked by fireworks and run off.

Reagan McDonald and her boyfriend had just returned home in southeast Wichita near Pawnee and Rock Road late Tuesday night when her neighbor set off some fireworks.

Although her ten moth old boxer, Diesel, was on a leash, he pulled right out of his collar spooked by the noise. "He just slipped his head out and my boyfriend chased him probably all the way down that block and he kind of turned up between some houses and after that we lot him", said McDonald.

The owners of Diesel informed KAKE News early Thursday the dog has returned home safely.

Kansas State University veterinarian Dr. Susan Nelson said more dogs run away this time of year. "They're more likely also to get hit by cars because they're so frightened", Nelson said. "They're not paying attention to what's going on around them when they're running away from say a firework, so they're more able to get hit."

If you do lose your pet check your local animal control office every day.
Adrian Fox with the Kansas Humane Society said check other resources too. "Follow those provisions.. there are some Facebook groups out there, "Wichita Lost Pets", that are also really good resources as well", said Fox.

Wichita Animal Control advises you may want to keep your pet indoors as much as possible around the 4th of July. Make sure your dog has tags and has a microchip in case the collar comes off. And for those using fireworks, check your surroundings to make sure pets aren't nearby. Too see pictures of animals at Wichita animal control go to www.petharbor.com.

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