The Seattle Animal Shelter urges pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their pets from fireworks.
Says shelter director Don Jordan: "Many animals are frightened by fireworks, and some pet owners will see a side of their animal that they've never seen before. Fido or Lady can go from a beloved family pet to a Tasmanian Devil Dog in a matter of minutes."
To avoid that:
■ Keep pet indoors or otherwise secured when fireworks are being shot off.
■ Take your pet outside to relieve itself before dark.
■ If you take your pet to a park, do not leave it locked in a car.
■ Do not take your pet to public fireworks displays.
■ Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license.
The shelter will be closed on July 4. If you need assistance, contact Seattle PD non-emergency number: 625-5011.