Connect with us

Local News

Humane Society recommends precautions to assure pets during fireworks



To a person, it sounds like freedom and America and fun. To dogs, fireworks are loud random booms that cause them to panic when they’re inside and run, when outside.

“A lot of people, if it’s nice out, will keep their dogs out in a fenced in yard, thinking they can be contained,” Taylor Bates, with the Coulee Region Humane Society said. “Frightened dogs can really jump those fences.’

Bates added that distractions could help a dog get through the 4th of July holiday.

“Playing some soothing music to kind of drown out the noise,” she said. “Try to muffle it as much as possible.

“Exercise your dogs before you’re going to go out, so they’re good and tired.”

Bates says they often get calls on the 4th about stray dogs that have run away in fear of the fireworks. She recommends getting their tags and microchips up to date so it can be returned to you.

Neighbors changing their behavior doesn’t hurt either says Bates said.

“Try to keep it to a minimum,” she suggests to those shooting off fireworks. “Try to be courteous. Don’t do it all night long.”

The City of La Crosse says if it receives complaints of people shooting off fireworks and has evidence of it, they will be paying $124 fine.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.