Too much horsepower: Cameron Mills Rd., 2400 block, Sept. 28. An animal control officer spotted someone walking a horse down a sidewalk. The handler said they were on their way to a birthday party to give pony rides. Because only specifically permitted and licensed horses are allowed in Alexandria, the horse’s owner was issued a warning citation.
Cat held back: Duke St., 4300 block, Sept. 30. An officer picked up a cat in a carrier that was left outside an apartment complex.
Walking fundraiser for AWL and Vola Lawson Shelter: 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.
Hawk scheduled for surgery: Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Dr., unit block, Sept. 26. An animal control officer picked up an injured hawk and took it to the Raptor Conservancy. The broad-winged hawk was determined to have a compound fracture to the shoulder.
Conservancy to the rescue again: N. Madison St., 900 block, Sept. 26. An officer picked up an injured red-tailed hawk from the driveway of a residence and took it to the Raptor Conservancy. The bird had some abrasions that might have been caused by being hit by a car.
Slithering in the ceiling: N. Pierce St., 2100 block, Sept. 26. An officer removed a domestic juvenile ball python from inside the ceiling of an apartment complex and took it to the shelter.
Leave it to nature: S. Adams St., 800 block, Sept. 25. An officer picked up a fledgling dove from a resident who had held it overnight and released the bird in the area where it was found.
Liking sunshine is healthy: N. Florida St., 700 block, Sept. 25. Responding to a report about a possibly sick or injured cat in a back yard, an officer found a healthy animal lounging in the sun. It was left in the area to return to its residence.
— Compiled by Ria Manglapus