(KRQE) SANTA FE - Why would anyone hold a fireworks show next to an animal shelter?
That is what Santa Fe residents are asking after hearing that's exactly what's happening for the Independence Day celebration Thursday.
With all the warnings about how animals are traumatized by fireworks, KRQE News 13 wanted to know what the city was thinking.
The fireworks show usually happens at Santa Fe High School. That wasn't available this year, so the city signed off on holding it somewhere that has people shaking their heads.
Workers, along with two dozen volunteers, will be spending the Fourth of July at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
They'll be trying to use some soothing music to drown out the noise of fireworks blasting overhead.
Standing right in front of the animal shelter, you can see just down the street where the fireworks will be going up at the Municipal Recreation Complex.
The city's Independence Day celebration Thursday night was moved there from the school property.
"The Ivan Head Stadium at Santa Fe High is under a turf renovation," said Jodi McGinnis Porter, a Santa Fe spokesperson.
But some residents want to know, why right next to the animal shelter?
"We can find a location that doesn't cause so much stress for pets that are going through a hard time anyway," said resident Casey Rathjen.
"It is sad for the animals that are here needing shelter," said resident Jaime Michael.
News 13 talked about it with Porter.
"Unfortunately, the animal shelter is close by, but it is our understanding that the Boys and Girls Club did contact the animal shelter and was ensured that the animals would be enclosed for the 20-minute show," she said.
The Boys and Girls Club organizes the event for the city.
Ben Swan with the shelter says the organizers never gave them a choice.
"We asked if there were any other alternatives and they said, ‘No,'" Swan said.
So the shelter is preparing with lots of volunteers and distractions for the animals like toys and treats.
"It is not the best thing in the world but, like I said, we're making lemonade out of lemons," Swan said.
The shelter has more than 300 animals.
The Fourth of July event will start Thursday at 5 p.m.
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