Arlington-Alexandria Animal Watch

August 21, 2013

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 .

Dog endangered in a hot car: Jefferson Davis Hwy., 3600 block, Aug. 10. Before an animal control officer could arrive, an Alexandria police officer at a shopping-center parking lot removed a dog that had been confined in a car for more than an hour. The temperature readings inside the vehicle ranged, in various places, from 98 to 178 degrees. The dog’s owners were issued a citation.

Gets out with a little help from friends: East Oxford Ave., unit block, Aug. 14. An animal control officer used a tree branch to help a trapped opossum escape from a window well.

Vehicle heat can kill: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria reminds owners that animals left inside a car when the temperature is warmer than 70 degrees is a Class 3 misdemeanor. An animal in a hot car can suffer brain damage from heat stroke or even die in as few as 15 minutes.

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 or go to www.awla.org.

Kittens crammed into storm drain: S. Lincoln St., 2000 block, May 19. An animal control officer rescued three kittens trapped in a storm drain; one ran away while being freed. Of the two cats taken to the rescue league, one was adopted. The other, Storm, is available at the shelter.

Reptile in a tangle: N. 25th St., 400 block, Aug. 10. An animal control officer removed a snake trapped in netting.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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