Not recyclable: Crestwood Dr., 1600 block, Aug. 16. An animal control officer tipped a trash can over to free a raccoon that was trapped inside.
Summer dip is cut short: Cameron Station Blvd., 200 block, Aug. 15. A blue heron that would not leave a swimming pool finally flew away when an animal control officer attempted to capture it.
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.
Swept off their feet: Randolph St., 2000 block, Aug. 9. A resident reported that four raccoons managed to enter a bedroom through a window air conditioner. The woman had chased the animals out with a broom. An animal control officer confirmed that all the animals had fled.
Cat hangs out: N. 16th St., 2500 block, Aug. 14. An animal control officer and staff members from a tree-trimming company helped rescue a cat that was suspended by its harness from a branch 30 feet above the ground.
Sparrow saved from sticky situation: S. 28th St., 4000 block, Aug. 14. A good Samaritan found a bird stuck to a glue trap and took it to the league. The fledgling house sparrow was removed from the trap and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. The league reminds residents not to use glue traps to trap rodents because other wildlife can get stuck.
3rd annual Fall Fair Animal House: A fair hosted by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington offers adoptable animals, vendors, entertainment, games, music and food from noon to 3 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 7. The event is free. For information visit, www.awla.org.