D.C. Animal Watch

February 12

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.

Rabbit’s habitat bumps up to first class: K St. SW, 200 block, Jan. 27. A Humane Society officer, responding to a call about a pet rabbit in an apartment, found the animal in a dirty hutch in a living room without proper food or bedding. The officer gave the first-time rabbit owner information about proper care and nutrition. A few days later, the officer returned and found the rabbit living in a gated portion of the living room with access to the hutch, a litter box, proper food, water, bedding and enrichment items.

Dog rescued from cold: 22nd St. NE, 4100 block, Jan. 28. A Humane Society officer who gave an owner numerous warnings about leaving a pit bull outdoors in low temperatures impounded the dog after it was found outside with frozen water and inadequate shelter. The case was under investigation.

Pit bull in woods: Gallatin St. NE, 600 block, Jan. 29. A Humane Society officer responding to a call from U.S. Park Police about an aggressive dog guarding puppies in the woods, captured a 7-month-old male pit bull but could not locate any puppies.

Kitten found in hallway: C St. SE, 5000 block, Jan. 29. Responding to a call about an aggressive cat in the hallway of an apartment building, a Humane Society officer picked up a 6-month-old docile kitten and took it to the New York Avenue adoption center.

Injured sea gull captured: Mississippi St. SE, 400 block, Jan. 30. Humane Society officers captured a sea gull with an injured wing and took it to City Wildlife.

Dog is still a member of the family: Burbank St. SE, 400 block, Jan. 30. A Humane Society officer investigated a report of an abandoned dog in an apartment. The officer spoke to the owner, who said that he was moving to a new home and would be taking the dog with him.

Someone open the door!: 25th St. SE, 3000 block, Jan. 31. Responding to a call from a resident about scratching noises at a basement door, a Humane Society officer found a healthy European starling and returned the bird to the wild.

Bird rescued from chimney: 17th St. NW, 1700 block, Jan. 31. A Humane Society officer removed a healthy mourning dove from a chimney and released it outdoors.

Adoptable dog: Georgia Ave., 7300 block, Oct. 11. A 2-year-old bulldog mix that was found as a stray 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.

Orphaned cat: Kenyon St., 400 block, Jan. 24. A man relinquished a 5-year-old Persian cat to the league because the owner had died.

Owners displaced: Burbank St. SE, 400 block, Jan. 24. A woman relinquished a 2-year-old puggle to the league because the family was losing their apartment.

Medical concerns: Silver Spring, Belpre Rd., 3900 block, Feb. 4. A man took a 5-month-old male Chihuahua to the league’s medical center because the dog was limping. A physical examination revealed that the animal had a severely luxating patella and an undescended testicle.

Conservative methods preferred: Rock Creek Church Rd., 100 block, Feb. 4. A woman took an 8-year-old Corgi mix to the league’s medical center because the dog was limping. Examination and X-rays revealed no abnormalities, but a partial cruciate ligament tear was suspected.

Catapalooza adoption event: The Washington Animal Rescue League will have cats available for adoption from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 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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