News Story


Moorpark - Keeping Your Pets Safe During the 4th of July Holiday
7/2/2014 12:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the 4th of July Holiday



Date & Time:

July 2, 2014 @ 1200 hrs.

Unit Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department & Ventura County Sheriff's Office


The Moorpark Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents to be careful with your pets, especially dogs, over the 4th of July Holiday.

Everybody needs to be careful with fireworks around their young and older dogs that have not been conditioned to gunfire or loud noises.  People don't think about fireworks until it's too late, so think about it now.  Majority of dogs don't have a problem with it, but some do. Why take a chance'  No point in stressing your dogs out.

Fireworks are unnatural. You don't have a lot of control over when or where the noise happens.  It's a lot harder to fix a noise sensitive dog than it is to prevent noise sensitivity in the first place.

Here are some tips to prevent fireworks sensitivity in your dogs:

  • Please don't bring your dogs to fireworks shows or any other fireworks related events.
  • Keep your dogs as far away from fireworks as possible.
  • If possible, bring your dogs inside, in a closed-off interior room.
  • Block out the noise with a TV, radio, or white-noise maker.
  • Check with your neighbors about their fireworks plans and coordinate with them.
  • Ask for a phone call before they start.
  • Be considerate of those neighbors with dogs.

Sometimes the fireworks start before the 4th of July and run a few days after the holiday, so please be mindful.

There is NO REASON for a dog to be around fireworks, and residents should be considerate of those neighbors having dogs nearby not to set off fireworks.  Usually, dogs conditioned to gunfire or loud noises can handle the noise of fireworks, but there really isn't anything good about them as far as dogs are concerned.

Another concern other than noise sensitivity, is a dog will hurt themselves trying to get away from the noise.  Your dogs may also attempt to escape their back yard or confined areas.  If for some reason your dog does escape, please contact Ventura County Animal Services (Camarillo Animal Shelter 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010) or (670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065) at 805-388-4341 or 888-223-PETS.

Please take the time to protect your pets while the possibilities of unexpected explosions are around.  Fireworks happen twice a year normally around New Year's and Fourth of July.  You might want to condition your dogs to fireworks, especially if you live where your dogs will be exposed a couple of weeks out of the year.  A reputable dog trainer can assist you with the necessary training.

Remember, if you want to shoot off fireworks, be safe and go to a location where safe and sane fireworks are legal to use.

First and foremost of concern is the safety of our residents.  The Moorpark Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office asks the cooperation of all citizens in preventing injury and property damage by refraining from the use or possession of all fireworks especially illegal fireworks.

Residents can report the unlawful use of fireworks by calling the police non-emergency number at 805-654-9511.  Callers are asked to determine as accurately as possible the location of the suspected unlawful activity, and relate the specific information to police call takers.

Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Stephen Wade, Captain

Media Release Date:

July 2, 2014

Follow-Up Contact:

Stephen Wade, Captain 805-532-2700

Approved by:

Captain Ron Nelson