PASCO, Wash;-- Animal Control officers have been seeing more cases of pets that have been injured by simple household objects.
The most recent trend has Animal Control reporting rubber bands tied around necks and limbs of dogs and cats.
Angela Zilar works with Animal Control in Pasco and says this is the first time she has seen a rubber band hazard like this in the Tri-Cities,but knows that it's not an uncommon injury.
"I've seen multiple rubber band injuries, usually to a leg, not to often around a neck, but I've seen them around the muzzles, someone will put a rubber band there. Usually kids playing. They also put them on their arms or on their legs."
Zilar says there are ways to make sure your pets stay safe. Every day make sure to pet, and examine them to check for any new wounds. Also try to teach young children the proper way to handle your pets.