Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

February 26
ALEXANDRIA

These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which provides animal control services to the city. 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

Wanted a spoonful of sugar? Queen St., 1200 block, Feb. 14. Animal control officers responded to a report of a cat biting its owner while being administered medication.

Break free: E. Mason Ave., unit block, Feb. 14. Officers who responded to a report of a squirrel trapped within the walls of a residence referred the resident to a wildlife relocation service.

Makeover includes meowing: Quantrell Ave., 5800 block, Feb. 14. Animal control officers trapped a cat that had climbed into the walls of an apartment that was being renovated in the bathroom.

Dog quarantined after opossum incident: Rosecrest Ave., unit block, Feb. 18. A dog’s owner reported that her pet had bitten an opossum in the neck several times and that the opossum was alive but lying in a yard, unmoving. The animal was taken to the shelter, where it was euthanized and sent for rabies testing.

Wanted to check out comic books: Seminary Rd., 3700 block, Feb. 18. Library employees reported a bat on the library walls. Animal control officers couldn’t reach the bat and referred the staff to a humane wildlife relocation service.

ARLINGTON

This case was 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.

The easier exit: S. Eighth St., 3500 block, Feb. 9. An animal control officer tried to capture a squirrel that was trapped in a fireplace. The animal slipped past the officer and ran out the front door.

Peanut butter bribe: N. Frederick St., 1200 block, Feb. 16. A flying squirrel had entered a residence through a fireplace and settled under a stove. Coaxing it with peanut butter on a cracker, an animal control officer captured the animal and released it outside.

Cat burglar? S. Garfield St., 400 block, Feb. 12. Responding to a call, animal control found two dogs on a property where the animals appeared to have access to the indoors, but no one was home. About an hour later, the dogs’ owner reported to police that a break-in had occurred.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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