Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

February 19, 2014

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 .

Furry fighter escapes scene: N. Alfred St., 300 block, Feb. 6. Animal control officers responded to a call from a woman who was scratched by a stray cat while breaking up an altercation between it and her cat. They could not find the stray.

Deer not born to be wild: Wheeler Avenue, 5900 block, and Fendall Avenue, unit block, Feb. 7. Officers found a deer that was trapped in an enclosed parking lot and released it to the wild. Later that evening, the same deer was found in the back yard of a residence. It was relocated to a park.

Dogs get cold, too: Wilkes St., 1200 block, Feb. 9. An officer issued a warning to an owner who had left a dog outside without adequate shelter.

Another suspect on the lam: E. Maple St., unit block, Feb. 9. Responding to a report of a dogfight between someone’s pet and a stray, officers could not find the stray.

Reunited: Mount Vernon Ave., unit block, Feb. 10. An animal control officer picked up a stray dog that a resident had confined and took it to the shelter. The dog’s owner was located, and he bought a city dog license and reclaimed the pet.

Hazardous contents inside: N. Paxton St., 900 block, Feb. 12. An animal control officer responded to a report of a dog that bit a mail carrier through the door’s mail slot. The mail carrier received minor injuries, and the dog was placed on a 10-day home quarantine.


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

For raccoons, all’s well that ends well: S. 23rd St., 1600 block, Feb. 1. An animal control officer removed two healthy raccoons that were trapped in a residence’s window well and released them in another location.

Basking and breaking in the light: N. Lincoln St., 800 block, Feb. 4. An officer responding to a call about a squirrel trapped in the globe of a streetlamp found that the animal had managed to escape but damaged the lamp in the process, causing a safety risk. Arlington County Environmental Services was contacted for repair.

Office ungulate: Wilson Blvd., 1100 block, Feb. 5. Responding to numerous calls about a camel out in cold weather in the Rosslyn area, an officer found a healthy camel in the care of a handler. According to news reports that day, the animal was brought to a business plaza in honor of “hump day.”

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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