Ride-along with Riverside County Animal Services
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CREATED Jul. 6, 2013
The day after the Fourth of July is often the busiest day for animal shelters across the nation.
That's because fireworks scare many dogs, and they escape their homes or yards.
On the July 5th, we went for a ride-along with riverside county animal services.
Our first call took precedence, and was a bit unusual, an injured bat in a pool.
"Our major concern with bats is that they're a primary rabies carrier, which means that we need to get out there, we need to get that animal confined to make sure that it hasn't had any more human contact than it's already had," said Officer James Huffman with Riverside County Animal Services.
When we arrived, the bat had died.
Officer Huffman says they will do a rabies test on it.
After that, we began our search for stray dogs.
"July 5th is one of our largest impound days of the year, dogs are scared, bust out of their yards, jump a fence, things they might not normally do once the fireworks start going," said Officer Huffman.
Sadly, Riverside County Animal Services picked up more than 300 dead animals last year alone on July 5th.
"Unfortunately once the dogs get out, they're not much match for a car out there, so when they get hit it's usually a pretty tragic result."
Officer Huffman says pet owners should know when to keep their pets inside.
"Any holiday where's there's going to be a lot of loud noise, that people realize that it's important, bring your dogs inside, put them in the garage, don't leave them in the yard where they can escape," said Officer Huffman.
We found several stray dogs roaming around, including one trying to stay cool under a tree.
The pooch looked happy to see us.
"We scan him for microchips, to make sure that they don't have owners, if they don't have microchips we'll take the dog back home, so try that right now."
Officer Huffman scan's the dog, but no id was found, so the dog returned to the shelter with us.