These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the city animal shelter and provides animal control services. The shelter is open from 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays, and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. For information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-746-4774. The league’s Web site is
Capping chimneys and ventilation shafts recommended: Taney Ave., 5200 block, Aug. 27. Responding to a report of a raccoon that was trapped inside an HVAC unit, an animal control officer was unable to dismantle the equipment, and the animal’s paw was visible as it attempted to claw its way out. An HVAC technician arrived the following morning to disassemble the unit, but the animal had died during the night.
Va. deer hunting season: Stevenson Ave., 6300 block, Sept. 7. An officer investigated a report of two men wearing camouflage and shooting arrows at a deer from a pickup truck. It was determined that the animal was shot within the border of Fairfax County and jumped a fence into Alexandria. The hunters had followed the wounded deer and removed it before the officer and police arrived. Oct. 4 marks the end of Urban Archery Season for antlerless deer in parts of Virginia.
Alexandria Shelter Walk fundraiser: Join the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 in Old Town’s Market Square for the second annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals. Walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs. To register, visit www.alexandriaanimals.org/walk.
These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to the county. For information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-931-9241 or go to www.awla.org.
Runaway dog claimed: N. Harrison St., 3600 block, Sept. 9. An animal control officer picked up an elderly dog that was found running loose. The dog was in poor condition and was given medical attention. An owner claimed the dog later that day.
Vulture saved from harm: N. Stuart St., 900 block, Sept. 6. An officer picked up a vulture fledgling that was found on the ground in an unsafe area. The bird was sent to a rehabilitator the next day.
— Compiled by Ria Manglapus