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Posted: July 1, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Holidays bring influx to animal shelters

As everyone gears up for Independence Day and summer vacations, an undernoted story is often pets who are left behind.
Newton County Animal Control has had an influx of animals being dropped off or left at home this week, according to Teri Key-Hooson, Animal Control director.

Increases in incoming pets tend to happen on any holiday, Key-Hooson said, as well as during the summer months. She said families may go on vacation or take the opportunity to move while kids are not in school. Pets can become too much or a burden in either of those instances, she said.

“It appears to be a hard time for animals all around during the holidays,” Key-Hooson said.

Immediately after July 4th is a high-volume time, too, she said. Dogs get easily scared by fireworks and may break through windows or escape from behind a fence.

Pets are found either by being brought in by their owners or after Animal Control has to go retrieve them.

The shelter has crates they can use during overflow times, but Key-Hooson said they would rather it not come to that.

“Treat your animals,” Key-Hooson said, “like you would treat your children.”

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