D.C. Animal Watch

February 5

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.

Snowy owl makes news: 15th and L streets NW, Jan. 24. Animal control investigated a call about a snowy owl on a ledge outside The Washington Post. The bird appeared healthy but would not fly away. After being monitored each hour, the bird took flight after midnight. Several days later, the bird was injured in traffic near 15th and I streets NW. It was taken to the National Zoo for treatment.

Dog left out in snow: Clay St. NE, 4500 block, Jan. 21. The Humane Society rescued a bulldog mix that had been left behind a house in freezing temperatures and snow. It was taken to a Humane Society facility.

‘Bat’ turns out to be a starling: 34th St. NE, 200 block, Jan. 23. Someone reported a bat inside a home. An officer found a starling. The bird was released through an open window.

Kitten rescued from window well: Savannah Terr. SE, 1900 block, Jan. 24. A Humane Society officer removed a 3- to 4-month-old orange tabby from a window well and took it to the New York Avenue adoption center.

High-maintenance breed: Ingraham St. NW, 400 block, Jan. 24. An owner surrendered seven Pekingese dogs because he could not keep up with the grooming and care requirements of the breed. The dogs were taken to animal control for grooming and evaluation.

Abundance of cats: 53rd St. NE, 200 block, Jan. 27. Humane Society officers were working with an owner who had about 14 cats in a home. About six were surrendered to the Georgia Avenue adoption center, and the rest were to be sterilized.

Adoptable dog: New York Ave., 1200 block, Jan. 2. A Humane Society officer found a 1-year-old terrier and American Staffordshire mix abandoned in a home and took it 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.

More dog food and regular grooming: Eastern Ave. NW, 6600 block, Jan. 23. A woman took a 2-year-old Shih Tzu mix to the league’s medical center because its fur was matted. After the mats were shaved off, it was discovered that the animal was underweight.

Owner ponders prognosis: 48th St. SE, 1100 block, Jan. 23. A woman took an 11-year-old boxer to the league’s medical center because of a mass in its belly. The dog was also having seizures weekly. Veterinary staff explained the risks of surgery and benefits of anti-seizure medications.

Waiting for results: 19th St. NW, 1700 block, Jan. 28. A woman took a 1-year-old cat to the league’s medical center because the cat had a lump on its neck that grew. Veterinary staff removed fluid from the mass for testing.

Catapalooza adoption event: The Washington Animal Rescue League will have cats available for adoption from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the shelter. The adoption fee is $10, and the first five adopters will receive a free Catapalooza T-shirt.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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