Callers flood animal shelters in search of missing pets - WKRN News 2

Callers flood animal shelters in search of missing pets

Posted: Updated: July 5, 2012 05:36 PM
Rodney Trimble was reunited with his dog Fancy on Thursday. Rodney Trimble was reunited with his dog Fancy on Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The day after the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters.

Judy Ladebauche, the director of Metro's Animal Control, said their phones were ringing off the hook Thursday morning with concerned pet owners wondering if their dogs had been picked up.

"We're getting pets in, so we're hoping that if someone has had one disappear in all the excitement of last night, they'll come out and look at their local shelters to try and find their pet and get it home," Ladebauche told Nashville's News 2.

Ladebauche blames the increase in lost pets on fireworks, "Animals' hearing is more acute than ours, definitely, so the animals react and they can run tremendous distances. Don't think it could be just down the street, because it could be miles away by morning."

By 10 a.m. Thursday, Ladebauche said six dogs had already been brought in, and on Craigslist, dozens of posts explained dogs were missing after fireworks displays around town.

One black lab at Metro Animal Control still had a red collar and leash attached.

Ladebauche said all animals dropped off will have a place to stay, even though animal control is completely full.

By mid-morning, though, at least one pet owner had a happy reunion with is dog.

Rodney Trimble said his dog Fancy ran off Wednesday night.

"With the fireworks and everything last night, it was really loud and I know it just scared her down the neighborhood," said Trimble, "Otherwise, she'd probably have walked back to the door."

Trimble told Nashville's News 2 he had been searching for Fancy all night and received an email Thursday morning his beloved pet had been found and brought to animal control.

"I expected a big vet bill today or her getting hit," said Trimble, "I'm very happy to have her back and healthy."

Ladebauche added the Fourth of July holiday is a good time to remind pet owners to keep collars with identification on their pets at all times and get their dogs and cats micro-chipped.

Click here to visit Metro Animal Control's Web site and search for a missing dog.

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