Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch


A wildlife rehabilitator is taking care of this injured green heron. (Animal Welfare League of Arlington)
August 27, 2014

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

From eviction to shelter: Seminary Rd., 4900 block, Aug. 13. Animal control officers picked up a cat during an eviction and took it to the shelter.

Bat dies: West Alexandria Ave., unit block, Aug. 14. Responding officers picked up a lethargic bat and took it to the shelter where it was euthanized.

Fox rescued and treated: Kings Court, 700 block, Aug. 14. Officers removed a fox that was trapped in a window well. The animal was suffering from severe mange and later transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Their word or mine? N. Washington St., 200 block, Aug. 14. Responding to a report of a dog off leash and unattended in front of a business, officers found the owner who said that the dog had been tethered and was never off leash. A report was taken.

Claimed the same day: Quantrell Ave., 5800 block, Aug. 16. Officers found two dogs loose in an apartment building but their owners were not home. The animals were taken to the shelter.

Friendly chap: W. Braddock Rd., 4700 block, Aug. 18. Officers spoke to an owner of a dog about it jumping onto a passerby while being walked, as well as a barking complaint. A report was taken.

Cats attack a bat: Aug. 19. Officers found a bat that was killed by two cats inside a home. The bat was tested for rabies.

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.

Gate left open: N. Edison St., 1600 block, Aug. 12. Animal control picked up a stray dog and took it to the shelter. An owner picked up the lost dog that had escaped.

Bird dropped off: S. Arlington Mill Dr., 2600 block, Aug. 14. A juvenile green heron with a leg injury was taken to the shelter and transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Quick recovery: S. 28th Rd., 4600 block, Aug. 15. A woman called animal control about an injured bird on the roadway. An officer observed that the stunned goldfinch may have struck a car. When it was approached, the bird flew away.

Falling down, flying up: S. Arlington Mill Dr., 2600 block, Aug. 15. A woman found a bird in the fireplace and took it to the shelter. The nestling chimney swift, only 12 days old, was seen by a rehabilitator who recommended the healthy bird be tossed up the open flue to be reunited with its family.

Rabies and microchip clinic: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will hold the clinic from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Microchip (including registration) is $30 and a three-year rabies shot is $10. Without a rabies certificate, pets will receive a one-year shot. All dogs must have a leash and cats must be in carriers.

Fourth Annual Fall Fair Animal House: The league’s fair, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, features games, music by DJ Ruben, local businesses information and giveaways, and a microchip clinic for dogs and cats ($30), from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet adoptable pets and staff will be available to answer adoption questions. The event is free.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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