Arlington-Alexandria Animal Watch

August 29, 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 .

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.

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.

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.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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