Wichita animal shelter reports no lost pets dropped off following 4th of July

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July 5th is usually one of the busiest days of the year for Wichita Animal Control because so many pets ''run away'' from home, after being frightened by fireworks. 

However, Wichita Animal Control reports they didn't see anywhere close to the number they were expecting. In fact, not a single lost animal was turned into the shelter overnight.

"I actually had to come up and check it myself… When my personnel here told me that we had no animals in the night drop box, I was like, no… That can't be," said Lt. Brian Sigman with the animal shelter.

People who find lost pets after hours can bring them to the shelter and put them inside one of these secure kennels. July 5th is normally the busiest day of the year for the shelter, but this time when they got here they were shocked by what they found.

"Generally that week leading up the fourth and then several days after is usually our busy week of the entire year. Then July 5th being the busiest single day of the entire year," says Sigman.

This is because loud noises like fireworks can cause animals to become scared, and if they're not put inside or properly secured, they often just run away.  

Amy Price says that her dog is afraid of fireworks and has ran away before... But this year, like many others, she took extra measures to make sure her pet was safe during the holiday.  

"My dog has gotten our before, and it was before she was chipped. I definitely try to keep them in as much as possible. Because even while they're inside, you can still hear the sounds, but they're definitely much louder outside," says Price.

Lt Sigman says this is the first time he's ever seen this happen, and to him it's an encouraging sign that they're headed in the right direction.

"It made me feel great. Like I said I was a little shocked at first until I actually saw it myself... But you know I'm just hoping that with our change in education and plugging the importance of being responsible pet owners, that people are listening." 

Even though there were no pets left in the drop box, if you lost your pet it could still be at the shelter. You can search for your pet online at www.PetHarbor.com. You can also call or visit the shelter in person.

Sedgwick County Animal Shelter

3303 N Hillside St, Wichita, KS 67219

(316) 838-9623

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