American Humane Association
"We have often advocated against public firework displays in areas that are densely populated. In many cases, we have found that July 5th is one of the busiest days at an animal shelter. The lights, sound, and smell of fireworks can terrify even the calmest of companion animals. All too often, these panicked animals will take flight and become lost, injured, or even killed in their attempt to flee. Shelter professionals spend their days fielding calls from frantic pet owners whose animals have run away after being frightened by fireworks.
We are a national federation of individuals and agencies dedicated to the prevention of abuse, neglect, cruelty and exploitation of children and animals. A ballpark can bring much to a community, and so we would encourage Eastlake officials to reconsider their choice to use fireworks, and find other safe and humane means of celebrating without the use of this type of pyrotechnics."
Lynn J. Anderson, D.V.M., MSW, Vice President,
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