Maricopa County picks up dogs scared by fireworks

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The big fireworks shows are over and what's left are kennels full of scared dogs that need to be reunited with their owners.

“The shelter isn't even open yet and there's already a crowd of people that are here,” said Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

On average, the county takes in about 100 dogs per day. Last July 5, that number more than doubled.

Both of Macarena Bilchez's dogs got out last night.

“He broke down my fence of my house, I think because of the fireworks. I think they got scared," she said.

She hopes her two babies are waiting at the kennel.

“I'm like really worried about them,” Bilchez said.

“Keep in mind it's a long weekend so there's probably going to be some fireworks again tonight, so keep those pets inside if you can,” Gable said.

If your dog is missing, it could be at the county kennels. Gable suggests coming down to take a look for them or checking animal control's website at