Are Your Pets Safe on The Fourth of July?

Categories: 4th of July, Pets
Randy Robertson
Fido and his furry friends don't like fireworks. Turns out, most pets find the flaming, colorful noisemakers completely terrifying. We had heard that animals didn't seem to like all of the ruckus of fourth of July celebrations, but it turns out that city pets risk injury -- so much so that the phenomenon has been given a special name: high-rise syndrome.

Most commonly displayed in cats, high-rise syndrome is when unattended animals are left in front of an open window. They are either distracted by outdoor sights (birds, fireworks, etc.), or a loud noise startles them causing them to jump out of the window.

"Most pets when they are brought inside apartments do not walk up the steps into the building, which means that they have no perception of how high up they really are. If there is an open window cats will often misjudge the height and just jump out," Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the adoption center at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the Voice.

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Fourth of July Fireworks in Time-Lapse

Fireworks in Five Seconds--NYC from John Huntington on Vimeo.

Already feeling nostalgic for the Fourth of July as you reach the end of your first day back to work? Watch this 20-second time lapse made of the sunset and Macy's fireworks over the Hudson River. It will make you long for a hamburger and a piece of pie. If you are feeling especially patriotic, we also suggest Beyoncé's version of "God Bless the USA." [Pat's Papers]

Mathea Jon, 19-Year-Old Queens Girl, in Critical Condition After Four-Story Fall

19-year-old Mathea Jon is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital after she slipped and fell four stories while climbing down a fire escape in Queens. Jon and her friend Daniel Santiago, 20, were coming down from the roof of a friend's building, where they had been listening to music and enjoying the view, when Jon slipped. Santiago said, "She reaches for the ladder and I hear a scream, I look over and I see her falling." Santiago and another friend called 911 and rushed down to Jon, who was moaning in a puddle of her own blood. "God willing she pulls through," said Santiago of Jon. [NYDN]

The Great Coney Island Toilet Paper-Rationing Crisis Is Over

Coney Island was not all fun and hot dog eating contests this holiday weekend. In fact, there was a silent, misty menace seeping through the crowds (cue Jaws soundtrack): a lack of toilet paper.

In an "exposé" Monday, the Post explained that Parks Department employees were "rationing" toilet paper in the Coney Island women's bathrooms along the boardwalk. And men weren't getting any of the "cheap, single-ply" goods. Can someone please get some Charmin up in here?

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4 Great Places to Watch the Fireworks on the Fourth

Since 1958, the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display has been a New York City tradition. The fireworks were originally set off on the Hudson, but in 1976 they moved to the East River. Last year, they returned to the Hudson to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of the river. This year, the display will be on the Hudson again. It starts at 9:20 p.m. and should last 26 minutes. The theme of this year's show is "Gift of Freedom"; the event will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. After the jump, we've got some suggestions on where to watch the fireworks.

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