No matter where you celebrate our nation’s 242nd year of Independence, July 4th is the one holiday ALL pets hate. And while we know that ALL fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles – punishable by a hefty fine and a jail sentence- there are some persons, not realizing the devastating effects fireworks have on animals, who will break the law despite the best efforts of law enforcement and community awareness campaigns.
As pet owners, you know how your pets react during this time of year and so you have to take steps now to prepare, protect and safeguard them. The July 4th holiday is one time that more pets are lost than during any other time of the year. You should be focused on Fireworks Safety for your pets. Ensure that your pet is properly ID’d with a microchip and a collar tag. Here are additional some tips:
- Keep your pet indoors to protect them from noise and they won’t go missing.
- Give your pet everything it needs, especially if you’re going to be away from home and leave your pet inside.
- Create a safe space in their favorite spot – but not a crate or confined.
- Watch your pet carefully especially if you’re going to be outside.
- Ask your vet for help especially for a pet that’s nervous and sensitive – maybe a possible medication to use.
Local law enforcement, LAFD and Sheriff’s Department are expected to have all hands on deck during the July 4th holiday week. West Valley LAPD has already initiated a proactive, illegal fireworks preventative campaign to discourage anyone from using fireworks.
Join in with your Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council and the West Valley LAPD Volunteer Community Patrol to spread the word about Illegal Fireworks and Pet Safety.
For questions: contact James Brown, Chair – Health & Public Safety – Lake Balboa Neighborhood council: [email protected];