D.C. Animal Watch

June 18, 2014

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.

Caught between a fish and a fisherman: North Capitol St. NW, 3700 block, June 3. Responding to a call about a bird with a fishing line tangled on its leg, a Humane Society officer found a black-crowned night heron resting on a branch over a pond. But as the officer approached, the bird jumped into the water and had difficulty swimming. D.C. police arrived to assist with a boat and the officer captured the heron. While removing the fishing line from its leg, a fishing hook was found embedded on the bird’s back. The heron was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator and later to a bird rescue.

Crawling around cars: Shepherd Pkwy. SW, 5000 block, June 5. A snapping turtle was found in an impound yard. A Humane Society officer captured the turtle, which was moved to a safe area.

Dog recovers from eye surgery: 13th St. NW, 4100 block, June 7. The Humane Society discovered a 7-month-old Labrador with a severe eye injury. The owner did not have the resources for proper care and refused to surrender the dog. The dog was rescued and taken to a veterinarian, who determined that the eye could not be saved.

Caught in action: Southern Ave. SE, 3800 block, June 8. A Humane Society officer responding to a call about a peahen running in the street captured the bird, found eating mulberries on the side of the road, and took it to the shelter.

Free to jump again: Connecticut Ave. NW, 3600 block, June 9. A responding Humane Society officer found a buck with its leg caught in a chain fence behind an apartment building. The officer cut the fence and freed the leg. The deer ran off with no apparent injuries.

Fawn rescued: Utah Ave. NW, 5900 block, June 9. The Humane Society received a call about a fawn that was startled and had fallen into a deep window well. A Humane Society officer retrieved the fawn and took it to its mother.

A tough bone to chew: Piney Branch Rd. NW, 6500 block, June 10. An orange tabby was surrendered to a Humane Society officer after it returned home with an injury to its mouth. The owner did not have the resources for proper care. A veterinarian discovered a chicken bone lodged in the cat’s mouth and removed it.

Dog neglected: East Capitol St. SE, 5400 block, June 10. A mastiff was rescued by the Humane Society after its owner did not provide the dog with proper shelter, water or veterinary care to treat wounds that were obtained when another dog attacked it.

Adoptable cat: New York Ave. NE, 1200 block, April 3. A 2-year-old cat was found as a stray and taken 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.

Lone owner gives up dog: Elmira St. SW, 100 block, June 7. A man relinquished a 7-year-old rat terrier mix to the league because he could no longer care for the dog. The dog was evaluated.

Family separated: Fourth St. NW, 4000 block, June 10. A woman surrendered two 4-month old kittens to the league because she could only take care of the mother cat.

Wandering kitten: Kansas Ave. NW, 4400 block, June 10. A woman found a 5-week-old kitten in her back yard and took it to the league.

Adopt a shelter cat: The Washington Animal Rescue League is waiving adoption fees for cats 6 months and older through the end of the month. For information, go to www.warl.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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