Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

May 21, 2014
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 .

Injured goose dies: S. Pickett St., 800 block, May 8. Responding animal control officers picked up a severely injured goose and took it to the shelter, where it was euthanized.

Duckling dies; siblings persist: Madison St., 300 block, May 10. Responding to a report that a duckling had fallen into a sewer drain, officers found four more siblings under a car without their mother. The Alexandria Fire Department helped officers access a manhole to rescue the duckling but, because of the severity of the duck’s injury, it was euthanized. The other ducklings were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Suggest orders for pick-up only: Rutland Pl., 4900 block, May 10. A delivery person was bitten by a dog at the door of a house. A report was taken.

This time, bird that strays survives: Kingston Pl., 700 block, May 11. Responding to a report that a bird’s nest had fallen out of a tree, officers found one sparrow that survived the fall and evidence that suggested a cat had interacted with the nest and eaten its siblings. Good Samaritans had protected the remaining bird, which was taken by the officer to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Cat attacks dog: Strutfield Lane, 4500 block, May 12. A cat began to fight with a dog being walked by a woman, who was scratched while protecting her pet. A responding officer took the cat to the shelter. A report was taken.

Unstable home: Carpenter Rd., 700 block, May 12. A baby bird fell out of its nest, and officers determined it was unsafe to return it. The bird was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Wildnerness duels: Alabama Ave., 3300 block, May 12. After two cats fought with a fox, an officer took one of the cats, owned by a resident, to the animal shelter for a six-month quarantine. The second cat, which was thought to be feral, was not located.

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.

Rabbit rehab: N. 30th St., 4800 block, May 6. A woman took an injured rabbit to the shelter. After an evaluation, it was taken to a rehabilitator for care.

It’s that season again: S. Eighth St., 4000 block, May 6. A man called animal control about sounds of animal screams, possibly from distress. An animal control officer told him that the noises, from the description given, were most likely made by foxes socializing and mating.

Lost dog, owner reunited: S. Arlington Mill Dr., 2600 block, May 4. Responding to a call about a dog running loose near a dog park, an officer saw the animal playing with other dogs. An hour later, a lost-dog report was made to the shelter that fit the description of the animal at the park. The dog was reunited with her owner at the park.

Rabies clinic Thursday: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington offers vaccination for cats and dogs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the shelter, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. The fee is $10, and microchipping will be available for $30. All pets must be on leashes or in carriers. For information, call 703-931-9241, ext. 200.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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