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Ghosts, goblins, headless horsemen - some Halloween dangers are the stuff of legends and others are more real. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona reminds Tucsonans that Halloween can mean danger for the family pet.

Halloween ranks second behind the Fourth of July in the number of pets who escape due to doors opening and closing for trick-or-treaters.

Also, Halloween treats can be deadly for pets, especially the sugarfree and chocolaty ones.

Here are some tips that all pet owners should follow to ensure their pets' safety:

1. Make sure all pets are wearing collars and are micro-chipped. This service is available at the HSSA Spay and Neuter Clinic for $20.

2. Make sure Halloween costumes don't cover your pet's eyes. A costume must never be binding and should only be worn for a short time.

3. Halloween treats are for humans only. Chocolate and sugarfree candies can be toxic. Keep all candy out of your pet's reach.

4. Dogs can have lethal tails, wagging all over the place. Don't leave any lit candles or jack-o-lanterns where they could be knocked over.

5. Pets should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours. Not only will this keep them safe but it will also help reduce your pet's stress.

6. Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween. There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, and even killed pets on this night.

Frightened pets can end up miles from home in a very short time. If your pet becomes lost, immediately file a lost and found report with the HSSA.

For more information, call 327-6088 or visit


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