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Protect your pets

The SPCA Serving Erie County is offering tips on securing pets who are spooked by Fourth of July fireworks.

SPCA officials said they receive more stray and unidentified animals in the days after the Fourth of July than at any other time of the year because fireworks send panicked pets running from their homes.

Owners are advised to ensure that their pets are wearing ID collars, with phone number, or have microchip identification. They also are urged to not take pets to fireworks displays because startled animals not only break loose but bite.

Also, pets left at home should be with someone familiar to reduce stress level, the SPCA advises.