Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

April 23
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 .

Cat in engine dies: E. Glendale Ave., 500 block, April 9. Responding to a report of a cat that was trapped inside a vehicle, animal control officers found the animal entangled in the engine’s fan belt. The cat was euthanized.

Dog guards mail box: N. Fairfax St., 700 block, April 10. A dog bit a postal worker, causing a minor injury. A report was taken.

Not moving for a reason: Edison Ave., 3600 block, April 10. Officers responding to a report of an immobile opossum determined that the animal was severely ill and took it to the shelter. The opossum was euthanized.

Startled dog ruins jog: Century Dr., 100 block, April 12. A dog being walked by an owner bit a runner who approached from behind.

The wrong touch: Duke St., 2600 block, April 12. A dog bit an employee while it was being examined.

Play turns painful: Eisenhower Ave., 4500 block, April 13. Two dogs were playing with each other when one became aggressive and broke the skin on the other.

Dog embarrassed by haircut: Jefferson Davis Hwy., 3300 block, April 14. A dog slipped out of its leash while being groomed and bit the groomer.

Injured rabbit dies: E. Rosemont Ave., unit block, April 15. Animal control officers picked up a sick and severely injured rabbit and took it to the shelter. The rabbit was euthanized.

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.

Opossum gets street smart: Interstate 66 westbound, April 15. An animal control officer captured an opossum that was trapped against the median of a highway.

Raccoon drops in, terrorizes household: N. 26th St., 6900 block, 2 p.m. April 12. An officer responded to a call from residents about a raccoon that had fallen through an attic’s pull-down staircase and was tearing apart the living room. The residents were in a bedroom until help arrived. The officer caught the animal and released it outdoors.

Saved from traffic: S. Edgewood St., 1700 block, April 6. An officer picked up a stray dog from a Good Samaritan who had found the animal near a roadway. The dog was taken to the shelter and returned to its owner.

19th annual Walk for the Animals: Registration is open for a three-mile walk or a one-mile stroll at 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester St., Arlington County. awla.kintera.org/Walk2014.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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