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Hamilton County Animal Shelter At 'Code Red'

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Courtesy of Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society
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Local humane society officials are asking people to take extra precautions with their animals over the holiday weekend. More pets go missing on July 4 and 5 than any other day of the year.

"Try not to have them out during the fireworks and make sure they have proper identification should they become lost," said Troy Taylor, Hamilton County's chief dog warden.

The Cincinnati Animal CARE shelter in Northside is at "code red" with only one empty dog kennel. Executive Director Carolyn Evans says the shelter has taken in about 5,500 animals since last August.

"That equates to about 130 animals a week, or close to 20 animals a day," Evans said.

The shelter is offering "name your price" adoption fees for all adult dogs.

Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society assumed operations of the former SPCA-run shelter last August.