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Spartanburg, Greenville Animal Care Facilities Overflowing With Runaway Pets After Fireworks

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For many fireworks are the perfect end to fourth of July festivities but Wednesday Upstate animal shelters are packed with lost pets.

The City ofSpartanburghosted a stunning fireworks display this Independence Day.

So explosive in fact, it sent a number of household pets running for cover.

“There were some other dogs there that were not really into the fireworks,” said dog owner Katie Cockrell.

Cockrell brought her dog Lowkey to the fireworks and she said he had no problem with the blasts. But around her, she noticed other dogs weren't so calm.

"They were scared and whining and if they were not on leashed they would have bolted," Cockrell said.

By noon the Spartanburg Humane Society who takes strays from the city received more than a dozen lost dog submissions and Greenville County Animal Care is still working to process hundreds of animals missing an owner.

"Lots of pets are afraid of thunder, fireworks and other loud noises so anytime there’s a big storm or fireworks display this happens and it could go on for the next week,” said Freseman.

Even if you have an outside dog, and you've looked in all the places you usually take it, after about 12 hours you need to call your local humane society if you live in the city or your local animal care facility if you live in the county.

The Spartanburg Humane Society said there is a way...to make it easy to return your dog if it takes off after a storm or fireworks show.   

There is a chip with a number unique to your pet that is implanted in the back of your dog. It will show the pet’s owner in an international registry.

“It provides a permanent way for pets to be tracked back to their owners if they keep their phone number up to date,” said Freseman.

Cockrell said all the paws pouncing on the ground were almost as much of a show as the dynamite in the sky.

"Leave them home don't take them with you. They’re dogs they don't need to be there and fireworks weren’t made for them," she said.

She’s not surprised the pound is spilling over with lost pets.

The Spartanburg Humane Society takes in stray animals from the City of Spartanburg. If you can't find your pet and you live in the city check there. 

150 Dexter Road  Spartanburg, SC 29303
(864) 583-4805

You can also get a microchip for $20 at the human society. $10 at the vaccine clinic on Saturday 9-10:30. 

If you live in Spartanburg County, the city of Greenville or Greenville County, Greenville Animal Care will have your stray animal. They are receiving hundreds of animals. 

328 Furman Hall Rd # C  Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 467-3950

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