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Protect your dog on July 4th

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Typically just after the 4th of July animal control facilities start seeing a big increase in stray dogs.  Workers say the loud noises from fireworks can scare them.

An animal control officer says don't take your dog to a fireworks show, keep him in a secure area and turn on a floor fan to drown out the noise.

"Some dogs who are frightened of fireworks can either start panting really heavily which can cause them to be dehydrated quicker and during the high temperatures that can cause a heat stroke," says Tiffani Garner, Benton County Animal Control Officer.

Animal control facilities are closed on the 4th.  Garner says if you find a stray dog during the holiday, hold the animal until Tuesday and then call animal control or the Humane Society.