D.C. Animal Watch

August 21, 2013

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.

Distress sounds save dog: Second St. SW, 4000 block, July 31. Responding to a call about a dog barking in the woods, animal control officers found an underweight shepherd and hound mix tethered to a tree branch. The dog was taken to the shelter.

Home sweet bridge: Frederick Douglas Bridge, Half St. SW, 1900 block, Aug. 7. Staff members from the Department of Homeland Security reported that an eagle was stuck in the grating of a bridge. They freed the bird, which flew in the path of a truck and was hit. When animal control officers arrived, they found an osprey dazed and unable to fly. The bird was taken to a rescue and rehabilitation center. The next day, animal control was called to the same bridge about an osprey stuck in the bridge grating. The officers found four juvenile birds and three adult ospreys flying around. All the birds were observed to be healthy.

Caught in between: Wisconsin Ave., NW, 4000 block, Aug. 9. An animal control officer removed and released a crow with its neck wedged between two slats of a wooden fence on the roof of a building.

Escape and reunion: Chillum Pl. NW, 6500 block, Aug. 9. Animal control officers found a pit bull in a rear alley. A microchip helped locate an owner, who said that his dog had escaped from a friend’s yard.

Cat rescued from tree: 23rd St SE, 2000 block, Aug. 13. Animal control officers removed a community cat stuck in a tree. It was taken to the Spay and Neuter Center for surgery.

Cat needs medical evaluation: Atlantic St. SE, 500 block, Aug. 7. A cat was surrendered to the Humane Society officer after it was allegedly abandoned outside. The owner said the cat was not using the litter box properly and that veterinarian fees were not affordable.

More dog training: Fifth St. SE, 3400 block, Aug. 8. A Humane Society officer met the owner of a 4-month-old Jack Russell terrier because the dog barked and whined day and night. The officer offered training advice and suggested a private trainer for the animal.

Adoptable dog: Holbrook Terr., 1100 block, May 3. A 1-year-old pit bull terrier was taken to the shelter as a stray. For information, go to www.washhumane.org/PetOfTheWeek.

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.

No family time: Springfield, Va., Sheridan Farms Ct., 8700 block, Aug. 7. A man relinquished a 1-year-old cat to the league because family members could no longer care for it.

Surgery recommended: N St. NW, 1200 block, Aug. 8. A man took a 3-year-old terrier mix to the league’s medical center because a mass on its leg had grown over the past year. It was diagnosed as a benign but invasive tumor.

A two-day adopt-a-thon: As part of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, the Washington Animal Rescue League will have dogs and cats available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adoption fees are discounted, and animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. For information, visit www.warl.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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