By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Holiday fireworks are being blamed for a huge spike in dogs coming to an animal shelter in Pueblo.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (https://bit.ly/1CQov40 ) that the dog population at PAWS for Life has doubled in the last week.

Manager and acting director Linda Mitchell says the increase is caused by holiday fireworks. The blasts spook canines, who seek refuge and sometimes get lost.

Some of these wandering animals are picked up by animal services and transported to the shelter while others find their way there thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens, who provide the creatures with safekeeping until the noise stops.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com

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