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An Animal Watch item in the Oct. 19 Fairfax Extra listed an incorrect date for an open house at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. The event is Oct. 29, not tomorrow.
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These were among cases received recently by the Animal Control Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. For information, call 703-246-2253.

Woman Charged in Wildlife Case

ENGLESIDE AREA, Engleside St., 8500 block, Oct. 9. Animal control was called about a young raccoon that was unable to walk. A woman had cared for the raccoon since its mother was found dead three months earlier. Animal control euthanized the raccoon, which tested negative for rabies. A woman, 19, was charged with illegal possession of wildlife.

Dog Injures Rabid Raccoon

CLIFTON AREA, Clifton Hunt Dr., 12400 block, 7:20 p.m. Oct. 8. A basset mix being walked by its owner fought with a raccoon and injured it. An animal control officer arrived and impounded the raccoon, which was euthanized and later tested positive for rabies. The dog had a current rabies vaccination, and the owner was advised to arrange for a booster shot for the animal. The pet was placed under a 45-day quarantine at home.

Proposed Shelter Improvements

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to answer questions about a proposed $17 million in improvements for the shelter. The amount is part of a $125 million public safety bond referendum, which will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. The bond funds would also be used to improve police and fire facilities. Pets are not allowed at the open house.

Fairfax City

These were among cases received recently by the Animal Control Section of the Fairfax City Police Department. For information, call 703-385-7924 or visithttp://www.fairfaxva.govand click on "animals" under "list of services."

Orphaned Squirrels Get TLC

BURKE STATION RD., 4100 block, Oct. 6. A woman found three orphaned baby squirrels in her yard. Fearing that her Jack Russell terrier mix might harm them, she captured them. The woman took care of the animals for two weeks, feeding them puppy formula, before surrendering them to animal control. The healthy squirrels were transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator. Although puppy formula is appropriate for baby squirrels, residents should not keep orphaned wildlife, according to animal control. Instead, animals should be taken care of by a licensed rehabilitator.

Injured Rabbit Gets Stitches

BURKE STATION RD., 4000 block, Oct. 11. An injured cottontail was dropped off at a veterinary office. A veterinarian sutured a wound, and animal control took the rabbit to a wildlife rehabilitator.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

Injured Rabbit Gets Stitches

BURKE STATION RD., 4000 block, Oct. 11. An injured cottontail was dropped off at a veterinary office. A veterinarian sutured a wound, and animal control took the rabbit to a wildlife rehabilitator.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK


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