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4th fireworks lead to an explosion of lost dogs

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – It's been nearly two weeks since the Fourth of July weekend, and dozens of animals are still unclaimed at the Department of Animal Services shelter.

Many are already being adopted out into new homes, so time is of the essence if you're still looking for your lost dog.

The explosion of fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend led to a boom of a different kind at the San Diego County's Department of Animal Services – a big population boom.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, starting at 9pm on the Fourth we got 133 dogs in," Lt. Kalani Hudson said.

That's a 50 percent increase in the number of dogs they get on a typical summer weekend.

"We have dogs that freak out from the noise, from the confusion, parties," Hudson said.

Hudson says nearly two weeks later, about 40 of those dogs remain unclaimed, including two Chihuahua-yorkie mix pups that were found together in the parking lot of the Costco off I-15 and Market Street. There's also a one-year-old Manchester terrier-beagle mix, as well as a spayed American bulldog that was found in ZIP code 92117 with a thick pink collar, but no tag.

Animal Services also has a website with a list of animals, along with photos and details on what date and in which ZIP code they were found.

A microchip would have changed everything for these dogs. Making sure you keep your contact info current is also key.

"We get animals in a lot that might have a microchip, but the information's old, it's outdated and we have no way to reconnect them with their owner," Hudson said.

A lot of the dogs found over the holiday weekend have already been adopted into new homes. Hudson says animals that come in without identification are held for only three business days until they become available for adoption. So if you're still looking for your lost pet, you should contact Animal Services immediately.

If your pet isn't yet microchipped, it's very affordable. For just $10, you can have it done at any of the county's three shelters on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Some of the footage used in this video report was shot using a GoPro camera.

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