Pet safety for the Fourth of July

Pet safety for the Fourth of July
Daisy and T-Bone sit in Driggers lap (Source: WALB)
Daisy and T-Bone sit in Driggers lap (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While you're preparing your festivities this holiday weekend, it's important that you not only think about the safety of your family, but also your pets.

For Stacey Driggers, owner of Daisy and T-Bone, pet safety extends beyond hydration.She says she wants to keep her dogs protected from dangers she can't control,like Fourth of July fireworks.

"Our dogs shudder, they run, they bark. It causes a lot of commotion," Stacey Driggers said.

Driggers says she's thought about boarding her 6 dogs overnight so none of them escape.

"It's kind of scary. We've had a couple of incidents where they bolted, gotten really scared and run off," Driggers said.

She got them all marked with a micro chip tracking device and makes sure they wear a collar with dog tag, but even then she fears losing them.

To keep them protected not just from the noise, but from running away, Driggers keeps her animals in a dark room with the TV on loud and snuggles with them.

"I appreciate the laws. I hope that people will abide by the time frame, the time limits that they allow fireworks to go off," Driggers said.

Georgia state law says residents cannot set off fireworks after midnight.

Superintendent for Albany Animal Control Sherman Capers says pet owners need to keep track of their animals so they don't get injured or die.

"We have never had a case because of fireworks, to my knowledge," Capers said.

For the past 12 years Capers has been working with Animal Control. He says to take your pet to a vet if something does happen..

"We do the best that we can. It makes me feel anxious for them. You know you have to be really careful about not opening doors," Driggers said.

She hopes her neighbors fireworks won't last too long so Daisy, T-Bone and her other pups can be comfortable.

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