NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society is taking care of dozens of dogs that are believed to have run off during Fourth of July festivities.
Many of the dogs are believed to be pets spooked by fireworks.
July 5 is notoriously one of the shelter's busiest days of the year.
"Just since the weekend, we've had 45 dogs come into our shelter system, that doesn't even count cats," said Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society.
Elmore says the extreme heat the Lowcountry is currently experiencing can also cause erratic behavior in dogs.
Elmore says most of the dogs that end up at the shelter don't have any ID on them.
If your dog is chipped, make sure your contact information connected to it is up to date.
Elmore says the shelter is overloaded with calls and its easier if owners come to the shelter in person to try and identify if one of the animals is theirs.
"Typically, the dog and the owner see each other and you know, you just know that they belong together," said Elmore.
Normally, owners pay a $25 fee for retrieving their lost pet at the shelter, but because so many pets get lost around July 4 they've created Pet Amnesty Week.
"This week, through July 12, we're waiving that fee," said Elmore. "So, If you've lost your animal, please come to the shelter first to look for that animal."
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