Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

January 2
ALEXANDRIA

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 www.alexandriaanimals.org .

One big dam rodent: Eisenhower Ave. area, Dec. 13. An animal control officer found a 50-pound beaver on a grassy area and lured it back to a stream.

Housesitter’s surprise charge: Surrey Ct., 4700 block, Dec. 17. Responding to a call about a squirrel inside a home, an officer could not find the animal but left a humane trap.

ARLINGTON

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.

Severe headache for hawk: N. 41st St., 4500 block, Dec. 9. A homeowner called animal control about a hawk that had flown into the screened porch and was possibly injured. An officer did not find the bird but discovered a hole in the screen where the hawk may have entered. The hawk was probably stunned after piercing the screen and flew away upon recovery.

Bird gets sooty: N. Stafford St., 1600 block, Dec. 14. Responding to a call, an officer removed a small bird from a fireplace and took it to the league for cleaning before it was released.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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