Humane society seeks owners of dogs spooked by fireworks

LEWISTON — Humane Society officials are looking for the owners of six Twin Cities dogs that ran away on Independence Day.

Scott Taylor/Sun Journal

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society Operations Manager Zach Black scratches the head of a black and white female pit bull terrier on Friday morning. The dog was found by a Lewiston resident on Sabattus Street and brought to the society's Strawberry Avenue office. The dog, with no tags or identifying microchip, is one of several brought to the facility during the July 4 holiday.

Androscoggin Humane Society Operations Manager Zach Black scratches the head of a black and white female Pitbull Terrier Friday morning. The dog was found by a Lewiston resident on Sabattus Street and brought to the society's Strawberry Avenue office. The dog has no tags or identifying microchip and is one of several brought to the facility over the July 4 holiday.

"The Fourth of July comes and it's the biggest time of the year for stray dogs around the country," said Zach Black, operations manager for the Humane Society of Androscoggin County. "That's because of fireworks and barbecues and that people are making a lot of commotion. The dogs get scared because of the fireworks or the big crowds make them anxious."

The Humane Society's Strawberry Avenue facility is already crammed full of animals. More than 250 cats, rabbits, hamsters and canines are in the front public display area and in the back rooms.

That includes the six dogs in back, refugees from the July 4 commotion. Black said the Humane Society has had as many calls from people looking for their lost dogs.

"A lot of that was due to fireworks," Black said. "People will call us and say their dog escaped out the front door or they were in the yard and ran off."

None of the dogs carried identifying microchips under their skin and only one had tags. That dog, a scruffy black and white terrier mix found in New Auburn and brought in by Auburn police, was scheduled to be reunited with its owner Friday morning.

Lost dogs include:

— A  male Yorkie and Chihuahua mix found on Russell Street and brought in by  Lewiston police

— A  brown female hound found at Kennedy Park and brought in by Lewiston police

— An older black and white female Chihuahua found near the Webster Street-East Avenue intersection and brought in by Lewiston police

— A  black and white female pit bull terrier found near Sam's on Sabattus Street that was brought in by a citizen

— A young brown female pit bull terrier brought in by Lewiston police

All of the dogs have found their way to the Humane Society since Tuesday.

"The biggest thing for us is to get the word out there," Black said. "We urge people to keep their pets inside when you know there's a holiday going on or a commotion. Don't take them to events. It's really a scary place for the dogs."

staylor@sunjournal.com

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Eric  LeBlanc's picture

Might as well put the pit bulls down

Might as well put the pit bulls down while they can. It's only a matter of time before one of those vicious blood thirsty monsters shreds a toddler

RONALD RIML's picture

Eric, keep contributing comments to the LSJ....

It's only a matter of a few millennium before you make any sense......

RONALD RIML's picture

Dogs seek Independence on Independence Day....

Is that anything like Man bites Dog????

Steve  Dosh's picture

Ron & Scott ? Close enough .

Ron & Scott ? Close enough . .HAhahah ! 19:35 hst ƒlyday
Dog can't hunt .They haven't heard of dog tags here in Hawai'i either
It ia a scary place for dogs , too
Dog the bounty hunter got lost in my neighborhood , once ( serious ! )
Q: You'll never guess what my fortune cookie read the other day ?
A: " What you just ate was not chiken ."
Happy fourth , fifth , sixth /s Steve , Pahoa HI , " Home of the Daggers "
http://hawaiiannames.hisurf.com/

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