Beware of tennis balls

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If one sees a tennis ball on a walk and the dog wants to pick it up, most people wouldn’t think twice about it. Now, several news outlets are warning that tennis balls may contain bombs. WKYC.com warned viewers to be wary. These devices can harm humans as well as dogs. The balls have tiny explosives that act like a homemade firecracker. They might be more prevalent on the 4th of July weekend.

KCTV out of Kansas City also sent warnings to its viewers. While some of the devices are very dangerous, others may appear to be duds. But even the duds can be dangerous. A dog biting them could be enough to set them off, badly injuring or even killing the dog. So when walking with your canine best friend this holiday weekend, watch the ground. Don’t let your dog play with any strange toys.

This danger has been around a long time. FOX News reported that in 2000, a man playing with his dog was fatally injured because of a tennis ball bomb. Also, a geo-cacher in Everett, Washington, found a set of explosives: tennis balls with fuses coming out of them. Luckily, no one was injured in that incident.

If you do see a tennis ball with a fuse, do not touch it. Call 911 and watch that no one else touches it.

This is not a hoax, but rather a real danger. Spread the word and warn those who may not hear about this danger. Always be careful and don’t allow your dog to play with items found on a walk. In other incidents, dogs have eaten treats laced with poison. Remember, if you wouldn’t allow your child to do it (play with foreign objects), don’t allow your dog to, either.

Have a safe 4th of July weekend. Keep your dogs and cats secure during fireworks. The 4th of July is the busiest time for local shelters because of all the frightened dogs running away from home. Do NOT take your dog to the fireworks. Let them stay safe, preferably with the air conditioning on to keep the outside noise at a minimum.