Dog shelters busy after fireworks displays

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center was packed the day after firework displays.

Of about 290 dogs on that had been in the shelter by Sunday afternoon, 67 were added within the last few days following Independence Day celebrations.

NBC4 was there as Lucy, who was found Sunday morning at Mount Carmel West, was dropped off at the after hours section of the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

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“Her name is Lucy,” Daniel Fisher shared. “I saw her kind of wandering around the parking garage and I put the window down, said hey puppy and she looked at me and came right in and jumped in the car.”

Fisher said Lucy had a tag and he spent hours trying to contact her owner before bringing her to the center.

The shelter is the place where dozens of dogs ended up post Independence Day; their independence sparked by the loud boom of fireworks.

“The best best case scenario the owners come and take all of these guys home but if that doesn’t happen we have to have a place to put them,” said Kaye Dickson, director of Franklin County Animal Control. “If we do not empty out our adoption ward we’re going to be out of space.”

She said 24 of the dogs who were captured over the weekend were returned to their owners by Sunday. But with almost 300 dogs in the center, workers have posted signs in neighborhoods and offered $18 specials to create more space to hold dogs.

Shelter workers said only a third of the dogs who ran away over the last Fourth of July holiday period were reunited with their families.

That’s low odds for a dog like Lucy who just wants to go home.

“I hope she gets to find her owner, she’s a sweet dog,” Fisher said.

One thing that can increase the odds of a list pet being reunited with it’s family is microchipping. Shelter workers hope more per owners consider taking that precautionary measure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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