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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Fourth of July is a favorite time of year for many people, not so much for pets.

The noise of fireworks scares dogs and cats. The Humane Society of Missouri is advising pet owners to be mindful, especially those who live near fireworks displays such as those close to Forest Park, where Fair St. Louis will take place this weekend.

The society urges people to find a cool, quiet place where pets can retreat from the noise. Keeping them inside will help the animals avoid stray fireworks. They should have plenty of water nearby.

Pets should not be taken to fireworks displays, and the society says the animal may panic if confined in a small area or chained outside.

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