Statement as issued Wednesday:
City of Fort Wayne – Animal Care & Control is reminding pet owners to supervise pets during the Fourth of July holiday week. Fireworks and outdoor celebrations coupled with extreme heat all seem to contribute to the increased number of runaway pets that are brought into the shelter at this time of year.
Pet owners are further reminded that pets should not be brought downtown during the upcoming Three Rivers Festival near parades, food courts, fireworks, crowds and young children. Animals should remain at home for the safety of festival participants.
Animal Care & Control Officers will canvas the downtown area throughout the festival. Any person bringing an animal downtown will be noted and asked to remove the animal. A second violation will result in a court appearance. Persons with warnings from previous years will be cited. Fort Wayne Police will be working with Animal Care & Control for the protection of people and animals.
Animal Care & Control offers these additional tips for keeping pets safe and at home during the days surrounding the Fourth of July and the Three Rivers Festival.
- Keep dogs and cats inside a home or well-ventilated building as much as possible when fireworks are being used. Animals often flee in panic from the loud and unexpected noise of fireworks.
- When your pet is outside, secure all gates, supervise, and keep a current identification tag on your pet’s collar.
- Pets should not be taken to any parade or celebration where fireworks and loud noises occur. Crowds and frightening sounds may cause an animal to react in fear resulting in a possible dog bite injury.
- Do not leave an animal in a parked car due to heat and possible pet theft. On an 80-degree day the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Without cool air to breathe, an animal can become sick and succumb to heat stroke.
- If your pet disappears, the shelter will be open Thursday, July 5th from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 3020 Hillegas Road. Call 427-1244 for information and to immediately report a found pet.