Undocumented dogs: East Reed Ave., unit block, Sept. 30. Responding to a report of two chained dogs kept in a back yard, an animal control officer met with the dogs’ owner, who decided to surrender the animals. Both had no veterinary history, vaccinations or city licenses. Animal control reminds pet owners that Alexandria law requires cats and dogs to be vaccinated at 4 months against rabies and to have licenses.
Joy ride turns scary: N. Beauregard St., 1400 block , Oct. 13. A family in a rental car discovered a kitten in distress under the fender. As the Alexandria Fire Department helped remove the fender from the car to gain access to the animal, the kitten bolted out and hid in the bushes. An officer captured the kitten with a humane trap and took it to the shelter.
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.
Bad-weather rescue: Washington Blvd., 5900 block, Oct. 12. In a rainstorm, an animal control officer, with the help of a resident, rescued a cat that was trapped in a storm drain. The animal was claimed the next day.
Tangled snake: N. 12th St., 1500 block, Oct. 8. An officer removed a black rat snake that was trapped in garden netting and released it to the wild.
Simply stunned: S. Buchanan St., 3000 block, Oct. 6. An officer found a squirrel lying on a sidewalk and took it to the shelter. The animal was released after it recovered.
Four-legged luggage not allowed: N. 13th St., 3100 block, Oct. 5. Animal control picked up an unattended dog in a dog park and took it to the shelter. An owner said that he had locked his keys in the car and taken a taxicab to pick up a spare key. The driver had not allowed the dog to ride.
Golden Paw Gala & A-Cat-Emmy Awards: A formal benefit for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Westin Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. The event will feature emcee Katy Nelson of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy”; a presentation by Hollywood animal trainer Joel Silverman; Wayne Pacelle, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, as keynote speaker; a cocktail reception followed by silent and live auctions; and a dinner. Tickets are $125. For information, visit www.awla.org.
— Compiled by Ria Manglapus