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Alexandria-Arlington Animal Watch

ALEXANDRIA

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

A different kind of plumber’s snake: Buchanan St., 300 block, Dec. 23. A woman reported that a boy had released a python into a sewer because he could no longer care for it. An animal control officer could not locate the boy.

Owner is issued a citation: Key Dr., 1300 block, Dec. 22. A police officer was bitten by a resident’s dog while checking on a house. The bite left no puncture wounds, and the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, but the animal was unlicensed.

Trap-Neuter-Return program:The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is offering a workshop to discuss feral cats, overpopulation and the TNR program 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd. For information, visit the league’s Web site.

Open house for King Street Cats: Adoptable cats can be viewed from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 25 S. Dove St. For information, visit www.kingstreetcats.org.

ARLINGTON COUNTY

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. The league’s Web site is www.awla.org.

Bat control: S. Oakland St., 2100 block, Dec. 10. An animal control officer captured a bat in a residence and took it to a wildlife rehabilitator. The homeowner was told to seal entry points.

Neighbor finds cat: N. 12th St., 2500 block, Dec. 11. A man was reunited with his cat after filing a missing-animal report. It had been gone for four days.

Bat out cold: S. Buchanan St., 900 block, Dec. 19. A woman reported a bat on the ground in front of her apartment building. An animal control officer picked up the stunned animal and took it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Foul hawk: S. Four Mile Run Dr., 4200 block, Dec. 20. An animal control officer coaxed a Cooper’s hawk out of a netted batting cage, and the bird flew away.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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