City offers tips for safe pets on the Fourth of July

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Bakersfield Animal Control Division is reminding pet owners of the dangers of Fourth of July.

The holiday can be a frightening time for animals, the department say. Fireworks can traumatize animals, and many pets may try to get loose and search for security or shelter.

Here are some tips from Animal Control to ensure your pets celebrate the Fourth of July safely:

  • Keep pets indoors or confined in a secure area.
  • Do not tether an animal that is not used to being tethered - it can be dangerous, if not deadly.
  • Double check all fences and gates to make sure pets cannot escape when frightened.
  • Ensure your pets are wearing identification or are microchipped. The identification should include the name, current address and phone number of the pet owner.
  • If leaving your pet at home, turn on a radio or television to distract your pet from loud noises.
  • If your pet is prescribed medication for the holiday, do not leave your pet unattended for long periods of time.

If your pet gets loose in the city or Kern County, visit or visit the shelter located at 201 Mount Vernon Ave. during normal operating hours.