Lightning and flashing fireworks on Independence Day were exciting for most people, but the combination created quite a problem for the Arizona Humane Society the next day.
The organization was inundated with phone calls Wednesday from pet owners reporting animals missing and people who found injured animals, said Angela Stringfellow, the society’s spokeswoman.
The society typically gets calls after July 4 from pet owners whose animals were spooked by the loud fireworks, but the numbers were higher this year because of Wednesday’s storm, she said.
Cats and dogs are so frightened by fireworks and thunder that they run away. Many get lost and are hit by cars after wandering into streets.
Four emergency animal medical technicians are normally on duty, but two more were called in to help, Stringfellow said.
“We opened up this morning and in the first 15 minutes had three calls of ‘canine hit by car,’ “ said Traci Pepper, a technician in the East Valley.
Pepper picked up four dogs that had apparently been struck by vehicles. She also picked up a Tempe dog that had suffered fatal wounds in an attack by another animal. None of the dogs had current identification.
Finding lost pets
• Visit the Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Hospital at the Sunnyslope Facility, 9226 N. 13th Ave., Phoenix, or Maricopa County Animal Care and Control locations.
• File a lost pet report and search found pet reports at:
www.pets911.com. The Tribune Web site has an affiliation with pets911. Just click on Pet Adoption on the Life tab.
• Call Missing Mutts, Cats, Etc. at (480) 898-8914 and Arizona PetLine, (602) 252-2727.
• Put up posters in and around your neighborhood.
• Run an advertisement in the newspaper, but be careful if offering a reward. Beware of scams and never pay a reward to anyone, anywhere until you have retrieved your pet.
• If you see an animal in distress, call (602) 997-7585, Ext. 2073 for emergency service.
SOURCE: Arizona Humane Society