Fourth of July causes a few runaways

By Jessica Johnston, Reporter

Loud noises and excessive commotion caused some four-legged friends to run away from their homes last week.

The Muskingum County Dog Warden and Adoption Center took six dogs into its care during the days of Independence Day celebrations.

The center had space to accommodate all six dogs without issue, Deputy Warden Brittany Calihan said. The facility is able to accommodate 52 dogs and, after taking in the six extra dogs, only sat at a total occupancy of 47 dogs.

While only six dogs came into the warden’s care, the center did receive a significant number of missing dog report calls on or around the Fourth of July.

Calihan said that some of those reported missing dogs may have been found, but not every person that calls-in follows up to report their dog has been found.

Six dogs have been claimed from the center and two more adopted since the Fourth of July. Four of the six claimed dogs were from the runaway Fourth of July group.

The Animal Shelter Society, Inc. typically observes the same trend of taking in a significant number of dogs on the Fourth or the two to three days thereafter, Jody Murray, the executive director said.

This year, the shelter did not experience the same trend. Murray said the shelter put out educational materials including radio segments and articles telling people to keep their pets inside during the celebrations.

Dogs are scanned for a microchip if they do end up at the shelter to try and connect them back to their owners. The shelter also keeps a list of reporter missing dogs and cats.

While Murray didn’t see a large increase in dogs at the shelter last week, he said that doesn’t mean dogs didn’t run away.

“Dogs could have just not made it to the shelter yet.”

Update: A previous version of this story stated that the Muskingum County Dog Warden and Adoption Center can accommodate 62 dogs.