Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch

May 28
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 .

Streets return to peace: Virginia Ave., 500 block, May 14. A dog that was creating a nuisance and running loose in a neighborhood was captured. An owner was located, and a report was taken.

Dog bites raccoon: Juniper Pl., 900 block, May 14. A dog bit a baby raccoon. Animal control officers took a report.

Reunited: Seminary Rd., 5000 block, May 14. Officers picked up a dog that was running lose and took it to the shelter. The owner picked up the dog the next day.

Unpleasant awakening: Wilkes St., 1100 block, May 15. A dog recovering from receiving anesthesia bit a veterinary assistant. A report was taken.

Baby bird dies: Howard Ave., 500 block, May 15. Responding to a call about a newborn finch that had fallen from its nest, the officers determined that the bird was too young to survive on its own. It was euthanized.

Tussle with a possum: Evans Lane, 200 block, May 17. A dog was reported to have fought with an opossum. Officers found the dog to be current on vaccinations but could not locate the opossum.

A Sunday afternoon at the park: Jones Point Dr., 100 block, May 18. A dog found running loose was turned over to the U.S. Park Police. Animal control officers picked up the dog and took it to the shelter, where an owner claimed it the same day.

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.

Chim, chim, cher-ee: N. 35th St., 4200 block, May 14. Responding to a call about an animal trapped in a fireplace, an animal control officer removed a bird and released it outside. The homeowner was advised to cap the chimney.

Babies do look alike: S. Lowell St., 2100 block, May 10. Responding to a call about an injured baby bald eagle on the ground, an officer found a young chicken and took it to the shelter, where it was held as a stray. If unclaimed, the bird will be taken to a rescue group.

Call of wild can’t compete with beef: S. Buchanan St., 1200 block, May 9. A woman was changing the collar of her newly adopted dog when it escaped, running into a wooded area. It was captured when an officer set a trap baited with a cheeseburger.

Opossum just needs glasses:
N. Fifth Rd., 5200 block, May 9. Responding to a report about a sick opossum, an officer found the animal resting under a flower pot and took it to a rehabilitator. The opossum was healthy but losing its vision from aging.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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