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Bakersfield Animal Care Center warns residents to check yard after fireworks

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 15:31:04-04

The danger the Fourth of July poses to pets doesn't end after the fireworks have stopped and the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center wants residents to take heed.

The Center is recommending that pet owners and residents alikke check their yards and pasutres for fireworks debris. In addition, if you hosted a part, they also suggest looking for food scraps and debris. This can consist of food skewers, foil or food that is toxic to pets.

The American Veterinary Medical Association states "Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat."

One pet website explains the dangers from fireworks: "Most fireworks are toxic to pets. Firecrackers are similar to gunpowder, but they are more dangerous. While gunpowder contains potassium nitrate, carbon, and sulfur, firecrackers contain these ingredients plus additional coloring and explosive agents that are highly toxic."

In addition to warning residents about fireworks debris, the Animal Care Center said they will be updating their found pets records daily. If you have a missing pet, they recommend stopping by the sheter Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.