D.C. Animal Watch
Thursday, March 17, 2005; Page DZ15
EAST CAPITOL ST. SE, 3500 block, March 1. In response to a call from maintenance workers, an animal control officer picked up a turkey vulture from a locked storage room of an apartment building basement. It was unknown how the bird got into the basement. The vulture, which was found next to the decomposed body of a cat, was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, March 1. A D.C. shelter employee found a severely matted female cat in a pet carrier in the shelter parking lot. The animal was taken to a veterinarian for sedation and a shave, then made available for adoption at the shelter.
TRINIDAD AVE. NE, 1700 block, March 2. A Humane Society employee tried to catch a stray retriever mix, but the female dog ran back to its home. Shortly after, the owners asked animal control to pick up the dog because they no longer wanted it. An officer took the dog to the shelter, where it was made available for adoption.
CLINTON ST. NE, 3000 block, March 3. A woman called animal control to report that she was moving out of her apartment because she had no heat but was leaving a 2-month-old puppy behind. An officer took the puppy to the shelter, and it was adopted.
NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, March 4. A man brought a 5-year-old male beagle to the D.C. shelter because, he said, he had no time to care for it. Two days later, a woman called the shelter asking about the dog. She said that she had been out of town on a business trip when her husband took the pet to the shelter and wanted the dog. The shelter was trying to determine whether the man would let the animal remain in the home.
14TH STREET AND MERIDIAN PLACE NW, Feb. 27. Investigating a call about a rooster on a street, an animal control officer found the bird and took it to the D.C. shelter. When no one claimed the fowl, it was adopted. It is illegal to keep roosters in the District without a permit.
UPSHUR ST. NW, 1300 block, Feb. 28. A woman moving into a house found that the previous residents had left their cat behind. She did not want the animal, so animal control picked it up. It was adopted.