Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

January 22
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 .

Four-legged friends were freezing: S. Fairfax St., 500 block, Jan. 8. Animal control officers warned an owner about leaving two dogs in a back yard in cold temperatures. Both were immediately taken indoors.

On to create a dynasty: Quaker Hill Lane, 1100 block, Jan. 9. Responding to a report about an injured duck in water, animal control officers could not capture the bird, which flew away.

Hairy student excels at recess: Polk Ave., 5000 block, Jan. 9. An owner was issued a citation for allowing a dog to run loose on school property.

Gimme shelter: N. Columbus St., 500 block, Jan. 9. Animal control officers took three dogs for safekeeping from an owner whose basement had flooded.

Park that bark: Boyce Dr., 5500 block, Jan. 10. An animal control officer responding to a report about a barking dog found the owner, who resolved the problem.

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.

A painful confinement: N. Ridgeview Rd., 2500 block, Jan. 8. An animal control officer picked up a bat from a woman who had put it in a box. The male silver-haired bat had suffered a torn wing during captivity and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

One squirming bag, 13 surprises: S. Arlington Mill Dr., 2600 block, Jan. 9. A man at a park found an insulated bag containing 13 domestic rats being bred as pets and took the animals to the shelter. Some were held for adoption, and others were transferred to a rescue group.

Rabbit dies from head trauma: N. 22nd St., 2100 block, Jan. 8. An officer picked up a wild rabbit that had been hit by a car and took it to the shelter, where it was humanely euthanized.

Stray finds shelter, via 10-day quarantine: S. Joyce St., 1200 block, Jan. 10. An officer picked up a stray cat that had been confined in a carrier and bitten the person who found it, who required medical care.

Excited to be reunited: S. Queen St., 2300 block, Jan. 14. An officer picked up a stray hound dog from the home of a person who found it. En route to the league, the dog’s owners flagged down the officer’s vehicle.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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