Shelter collects spooked pets
by TP staff
Jan 03, 2013 | 2420 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Animal control officials reported that more than a dozen dogs were found running loose this past week, mostly likely caused by celebratory fireworks.

According to Tracy Animal Shelter Supervisor Ben Miller, 14 to 15 animals, mostly dogs, were picked up by officers or brought into the shelter by residents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. He said all but four have been returned to their owners — those unclaimed are two pit bulls, a dachshund and a Chihuahua.

Miller said it’s not uncommon for dogs to run when they hear loud noises, but the problem is not as big on New Year’s as it is on the Fourth of July.

“Their natural instinct is to run if they are not confined or have other more soothing sounds like a radio or TV to drown out the loud noises,” he said.

The animal shelter was opened during New Year’s Day to help reunite owners with missing pets, he said.

Anyone missing a pet during the holidays can contact the Tracy Animal Shelter at 831-6364.

It’s open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is located at 370 Arbor Ave.

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January 04, 2013
My Great Dane goes into an absolute panic, her heart races, her breathing is labored, it's almost like she is having an anxiety attack. It's difficult. We are in the county portion of Tracy, the shot guns and fireworks are torture for the animals that live here, horses, donkeys, goats, dogs. People don't realize what they're doing and they certainly don't care about what your going through. I figure I will take my dane to the vet to have her put on meds to keep her calm during the 1st and the 4th. Sad.
January 05, 2013
It is a difficult situation but the only reasonable way I see to address it is for animal owners to be responsible, which it sounds like you are, and keep their pets indoors at those times. I have two cats and do exactly that. The indoor one is indoors anyway and I lock the adopted stray in the garage those two days.

The only alternatives would be laws and regulations that stomp all over individual rights and our ability to celebrate the history of our nation. Which is more important? That a doggy or kitty that the owner fails to take inside is not upset or that citizens can celebrate their nations history or a new year on two measly days per year? Surely the pet owners can find a way to deal with it when it is only 0.5% of the days of the year that this is a concern.

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