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Fourth of July reveals need to license pets

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous times of the year for our furry friends. Fireworks send most dogs running for the hills.

SCRAPS took in 106 animals over the holiday weekend. A lot of them came in with no identification.

“This is our busiest time of the year with the fireworks,” said Nancy Hill, SCRAPS Executive Director.

When it comes to the Fourth of July weekend, Hill has seen it all.

“We've seen dogs jump through windows, climb over fences, and dig holes. They do anything to escape the sound of fireworks. That's why we always recommend pet owners keep their pets inside and turn up the TV but not everyone has done that clearly.”

If your animals do have to be outside, make sure they have a safe space and no way to cause themselves injury. It's not a good idea to tie pets up, either. Hill reminds pet owners that you do have to license dogs and cats. Besides being a county-wide law, it's just a good idea.

“The license is probably the most important gift you can give your pet because it provides a 24/7 returning of your pet to you,” said Hill. “We can look up licenses even at midnight so we can find your information so the pet can get home very quickly.

License fees begin at $15 for cats and $25 for dogs. Another thing to think about: if your pet isn't licensed and someone finds them after running away, there is little to no legal recourse to help you get your pet back.

Plus, there's a $200 fine in place if your pets get caught without a license.