BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — The bright lights and loud noises...they're all sights and sounds we look forward to every year on Independence Day and while Julianne Burkhalter, supervisor at the Bryan Animal Center, enjoys the fireworks too, it's what happens the next day, on the fifth at work, that leaves her heartbroken.
"We've taken at least 10 reports of animals that are missing today, dogs in particular, and that is very high," Burkhalter said. "We may usually get one, two or three in a single day and the day isn't even over yet."
More family pets are lost on the Fourth than any other day of the year.
Burkhalter says that's because most animals panic when they hear fireworks so they try to run away from the danger unfortunately ending up in a shelter.
"A lot of time when they get distressed like that they may get away and you think, 'Oh they'll come back home' but they get disorientated very quickly," she said.
If you're pet got out Thursday night Burkhalter says check at the local shelters as soon as possible because at the Bryan Animal Center, they'll only hold a pet that doesn't have tag or a microchip for 72 hours before putting them up for adoption.
She also recommends having your pet micro-chipped because it's the best way to make sure your furry friend finds its way back home.