Warner Robins Animal Control full with stray dogs after July 4 fireworks

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Animal shelters are filling up because of dogs running away during July 4 fireworks, and Warner Robins Animal Control is completely full.

“It’s very frustrating especially when we get called for strays because we know they got out from the fireworks and there’s things you can do to keep your dogs from getting so excited,” Animal Control Officer Sarah Hedrick said.

Owners have four business days to go pick up their dog at Warner Robins Animal Control or they’ll be sent to another shelter or euthanized, considering the facility is full.

“It makes our job extremely hard, difficult decisions have to be made,” Hedrick said.

Education has made owners more aware of what fireworks can do to their dogs. In 2014, Warner Robins Animal Control took in 55 animals during the July 4 holiday. Four years later, that number is just 15.

“Get your pets micro-chipped, that’s a huge thing,” Hedrick said. “Let them wear tags so when we pick them up we can take them right back home. They won’t even come to the shelter.”

The at-capacity facility making things hard on the officers, but it could turn into a reward.

“There are lots of pets so come down and look at them to adopt, see if they’re right for your family,” Hedrick said.

Warner Robins Animal Control is located at 208 Stalnaker Drive in Warner Robins.

For more information, visit http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/ga104.html.

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