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Dog who ran off during fireworks returns home

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UPDATE: FRIDAY JUNE 6, 2018 6:55 p.m. 

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Henny returned home to Taylor Kapitanek Friday morning. Kapitanek told News 3 Henny came running through the woods and is thankful she is back home. 

UPDATE: THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018 11:05 p.m. 

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The day after the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for animal control and shelters.

The City of Marion Animal Care and Control is one of those centers packed with animals. On Thursday, leaders sent out a plea on social media, asking for people to come shop and adopt there.

Williamson County and Franklin County Animal Control departments also confirm this week is one of their busiest times of the year due to the fireworks spooking so many pets.

While many of us get a thrill out of watching fireworks, the loud explosions can scare pets so much they run away. The sound of fireworks led to a situation one woman in Carbondale called devastating.

"It's really sad, we've been outside looking for her all day," said Taylor Kapitanek, a Carbondale woman who lost her furbaby, Henny. "One of the ginormous fireworks went off and she took off running straight through the woods."

They were watching the Carbondale fireworks show from their backyard when it happened. 

"We were calling for her, chasing for her, because usually she would come back, she listens, but she did not stop running," Kapitanek said.

Kapitanek told News 3 she took off Henny's leash because she was acting fine throughout the show.

"I had her on the leash at first tied just so if it did happen like she couldn't run away, she lasted like a half-an-hour fine with the fireworks," Kapitanek said.

With July 4th being one of the worst days for dogs to go missing, experts say it's important to never use fireworks around pets. They also say it's important to make sure your pets have ID tags, in the event they go missing.

They encourage you to keep your pets inside during fireworks if possible, something Kapitanek plans to do moving forward.

"For future references, I'm definitely going to keep them in the house, or if I do have to take them, make sure that I do not second guess the leash at all, it has to stay on them, it's worth it, they may not be as comfortable but it's definitely worth it than them being lost somewhere," Kapitanek said.

With more fireworks shows on the way, she hopes this doesn't happen to anyone else, and that she will reunite with Henny.

"We keep thinking that she's going to come in and just be right here and she's not, it's really sad," Kapitanek said.

If you've seen Henny, contact Taylor by visiting the "Heartland Community Swap" Facebook page and respond to her post.

If you are missing a pet, it's encouraged to share photos on Facebook groups like "Lost or Found Pets of Southern Illinois."

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