Biggest day for dogs to run away, 4th of July

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Local officials are urging dog owners to take steps to keep their pets from running away on the 4th of July.

"More dogs run away on July 4th than any other day," according to a news release. "Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter would like to remind all pet owners to help keep their dogs calm and safe this 4th of July."

Fireworks get the blame for upsetting the dogs.

Officials offered a number of tips.  They include making sure dogs are on a leash if outside, giving your dog a place they can feel safe, and turning on gentle music for your dog.

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