BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Deana Christian lives in an area of Bowling Green where the houses are quite close to each other. As the July 4th vacation approaches, she and many others are worried about their beloved pets.
“You know, every time there are fireworks, my dogs have to take medicine for a month because the people in this neighborhood keep shooting them for a month,” Christian said.
There are fireworks ordinances in Bowling Green, you can read more about them here, which state when you are allowed to fire them and which neighborhoods prohibit them. Christian said the neighborhood she lives in doesn’t allow fireworks to be shot in the first place.
In the past, one of his dogs suffered a medical episode when his neighbors set off fireworks, which resulted in the dog’s death. This year, another of her dogs had a heart attack during fireworks season and survived.
“Just as the fireworks from my next door neighbor went off, the loudest fireworks, he (the dog) ran into his crate and terrified, and I followed him there- in it, and her little body stiffened, “Christian said. “He just threw his head back and gave us an agonizing breath and stopped breathing.”
Christian said she has tried several measures to help calm her dogs, such as playing music, but nothing overshadows the loud gunshot noises that come from the road.
“They don’t care about the law, they don’t care about the ban, and unless the city steps up to its law, this will continue,” Christian said. She said law enforcement officials have done a good job responding to calls about the illegal setting of fireworks, but she hopes there may be stricter penalties in the future.
“There should be a hefty fine if you do this where they are prohibited,” she added.
Not only did this put her under emotional stress because pets are like family, but she also had to spend money on vet bills after her dogs reacted to the fireworks.
“After the day after the fireworks display. I took him to the vet. It was $ 400, ”Christian said.
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