While people across the Lowcountry enjoyed fireworks displays on Thursday, many of their four-legged family members went missing.
Loud noises from fireworks can frighten dogs and cause them to run away, said Charleston Animal Society spokeswoman Kay Hyman.
“People have come in (on Friday) reporting their dog was lost and definitely attributed it to fireworks,” Hyman said.
Each year, there’s a 30 to 60 percent increase in lost pets between July 4 and 6, according to the website petamberalert.com.
Charleston Animal Society took in about 14 dogs overnight Thursday, Hyman said. Four of them were quickly reunited with their owners because of microchips, she said.
Several owners also came in looking for pets, she said.
People who have lost or found animals are encouraged to fill out a report at the shelter as soon as possible. The reports can be cross-referenced with other agencies, she said.
Other steps include calling veterinarians in your area and posting flyers in the neighborhood.
The Animal Society’s lost and found hotline is 329-1547. The Frances Willis SPCA in Summerville is 871-3820, the Doc Williams SPCA in Berkeley County is 761-0683; and Pet Helpers is 795-1110.
Reach Brenda Rindge at 937-5713 or facebook.com/brindge.