MADACC packed with runaways after Fourth of July fireworks

Posted at 8:13 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 21:13:21-04

More than 100 pets are now at MADACC after the loud bang of fireworks scared them away from home.

Now time is ticking for owners to pick their pets up or they could risk losing them to someone else.

"Come get your animals please. One hundred and nine animals, that’s a lot. Concerned citizens bring them in, animal control officers have been bringing them in," said Kathy Shillinglaw with MADACC.

From July 1 and 6, 60 cats and 59 dogs from all over the county have come through their doors. Sadly only five of those cats have been reunited with their owners, compared to 33 dogs.

"The Fourth of July weekend and the days surrounding it are always our highest intake days of the year," Shillinglaw said.

That's why MADACC is encouraging pet owners with lost animals to come by the shelter. By state law MADACC is required to hold each animal for their rightful owner for four days. After four days your pet can be put up for adoption.

"The best thing you can do when you're missing an animal is just give us a call," Shillinglaw said.

If you've been canvassing the neighborhood, you may just need to come to the shelter.
Shillinglaw says it's best to bring clear photographs and vet records with you. Under certain circumstances MADACC says they will hold your animal longer than the four days, but families would have to make initial contact with them first.