Local animal shelters are filling up with dogs and cats that are being scared away from home by July 4 fireworks.
According to the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro, it happens every year around the holiday, but this year the pet's owners aren't immediately coming forward like they normally do.
One reason could be that they are out of town.
"What we think may be happening is a lot of people are taking this as a long weekend and probably most of the people whose pets are missing [and] don't even know their pets are missing," said the shelters' Deborah Wood. "They're going to come home to a very sad story."
Wood said her shelter has taken in 31 pets since Thursday and was over capacity by Friday afternoon.
Only eight of those pets have been reunited with their owners.
In one case, a dog's owners told the shelter that it chewed through a wood fence in the backyard because it was so frightened by the sound of fireworks.
The shelter recommends keeping your pets indoors over the holiday weekend, since people usually continue setting off fireworks.
If your pet is missing you should check all the local shelters, not just the one closest to your home.
To see pictures of the animals recently brought into the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, click here.
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