D.C. Animal Watch

These cases were handled by the Washington Humane Society, which operates its shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW, and the District’s, at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, call 202-723-5730 or go to www.washhumane.org.

Chicks new home:United States Postal Service, Brentwood, NE, Jan. 4. Responding to a call about baby chickens that were inadvertently shipped to the District, animal control picked up the animals that the shipper surrendered to the society because they would not survive another shipment to their original destination. Staff members from a farm sanctuary in New York picked up 106 Rhode Island Red chicks.

Rabbit lives in: Church St. NW, 1400 block, Jan. 2. After a report about a pet rabbit left outside without proper shelter, a Humane Society officer met with a pet sitter who contacted the owners to allow the rabbit indoors.

An overlooked break: 21st St. NE, 700 block, Jan. 5. A pit bul with a bowed leg was surrendered to the society. A veterinarian assessed the injury as an old and untreated fracture.

Dog’s weight gain: Alabama Ave. SE, 4700 block, Jan. 4. A Humane Society officer met with an owner of a 10-month-old pit bull. The owner said he had recently found the dog, which was underweight and had veterinary records to ensure its health.

Adoptable cat: Varnum St. NE, 1000 block, Nov. 6. A 4-year-old cat was surrendered to the shelter.

These cases were handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or go to www.warl.org.

Blockage removed: Alabama Ave., SE, 1800 block, Jan. 3. A woman took a 9-month-old bulldog to the league’s medical center because it was vomiting and had not eaten or defecated in four days. X-rays revealed an abdominal blockage, and an exploratory surgery resulted in the removal of a rubber glove from the dog’s intestines.

Unaffordable care: North Capitol St. NE, 6500 block, Jan. 4. A man surrendered a 6-month-old pit bull terrier to the league because he had lost his job.

A safety issue: Chester St. SE, 2300 block, Jan. 5. A woman relinquished a 1-year-old Labrador retriever mix to the league because the dog would jump off the deck into a neighbor’s yard every day and run through the neighborhood.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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