By Sigrid Olson

Keeping Animals Safe During the Fourth of July


As the patriotic holiday approaches, many rural families are preparing for traditional Fourth of July affairs. Picnics, fishing, camping, rodeos and of course, fireworks. While some animals tolerate the noise and lights well, others can become afraid or hurt.

Animals' ears are more sensitive than humans. Because animals don't understand where the noise is coming from, they can exhibit frantic behavior and run off.

Nationwide, Animal Control reports a 30 percent increase in lost pets from July 4-6. Jeff Darrah with Missoula Animal Control said July is their busiest month of the year with t...

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