Families search shelters for dogs spooked by July 4 fireworks

PHOENIX - Several families roamed animal shelters in Maricopa County Saturday, looking for their dogs that had run away during the July 4 fireworks.

“It’s ruining our lives not having him,” Kayleen Selby said of her family’s dog, “Happy.”

The dog climbed their fence sometime during Friday night’s fireworks, Selby said.

The Maricopa County Animal Care & Control shelters took in nearly 20 percent more stray dogs Saturday compared to an average day, according to a spokeswoman.

The dogs are held for 72 hours before becoming eligible for adoption.

Dunia Lopez and her daughter returned to the shelter several times Saturday, hoping their toy poodle “Armani” had been brought to the shelter.

“It’s devastating, he’s like my son,” Lopez said of Armani’s escape during the fireworks.

A stray dog that was caught under the light rail tracks at E. University Dr. and Rural Rd. in Tempe Friday night was brought to the same shelter Lopez was searching.

Traffic was snarled in Tempe after the fireworks show Thursday night as crews worked to free the dog.

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