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Missing puppy reunited with her family days after going missing during firework show

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Maggie (Source: Chip Wiggins) Maggie (Source: Chip Wiggins)
Maggie (Source: Chip Wiggins) Maggie (Source: Chip Wiggins)

Fireworks can be fun and games, but for animals they can also be scary.

Animal control officials across the country said they see a 30 to 60 percent increase in lost pets around July 4. 

Greenville County Animal Care said they had an elevated intake over the holiday weekend. The shelter took in 41 dogs on July 3 and 43 dogs on July 5. By Thursday, that number was cut in half. Only 20 dogs were brought in on July 6. 

In the aftermath of the holiday weekend, a Greenville family had their own scare when their 8 month old golden retriever took off during a July 4 fireworks show.

Maggie’s owners said she was outside in their fenced in yard when the festivities had just started.  

"The latch was closed so she had to of jumped. I guess she just panicked and didn't know what else to do and got out," said Chip Wiggins.

Chip Wiggins said he immediately started searching, but had no luck. Maggie was gone. She was scared off by the loud booms in the sky.

“I think the hardest part of all of this was to wake up the morning after Maggie went missing and tell them that Maggie’s gone,” said Chip Wiggins

Chip Wiggins said Maggie was a Christmas gift for his 3 girls.

“My wife and I looked and looked for a golden retriever to give to our girls and then we found Maggie. She is their best friend and she makes them so happy,” said Wiggins.

Wiggins said he searched frantically throughout the night and even stayed home from work the next day to keep looking for Maggie. 

"Everyone else was telling me not to give up and to keep searching," said Wiggins.

By day 2, Wiggins said he was starting to lose hope, but just as he was having his doubts, he got the call he had been waiting for. 

Greenville resident, Keli Miller found Maggie wandering along Pelham Road early Thursday morning. She was about a mile away her owner’s house.

"I can’t believe this is happening because there was a part of me that didn’t know if I was going to see her again," said Wiggins.

Miller also runs an animal rescue and said this serves as a good reminder about the scary effects that loud noises can have on animals. 

The Wiggins family was reunited with Maggie later that day.

"It was very emotional and it was wonderful. In rescue we sometimes don’t get great endings to stories, and this was just a great ending," said Miller.

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