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Thursday, July 22, 2010

These were among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society. The society operates its shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW and the District's at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call 202-723-5730 or visit

Puppy left in hot car

HUNT PL. NE, 4000 block, July 9. U.S. marshals removed a puppy left inside a vehicle for more than half an hour. A Humane Society officer impounded the 3-month-old pit bull and left a notice on the vehicle's windshield. The owner called later, saying he did not intend to leave the dog for more than a few minutes. The puppy was returned to its owner, who agreed not leave the animal in the vehicle unattended.

Kitten rejected

PONDS ST. NE, 4400 block, July 7. Responding to a call, a Humane Society officer found that a young man who had taken a kitten home and was told he could not keep it became upset and threw the animal into a trash can outdoor. The 8-week-old kitten did not appear to have suffered any injuries. The man was warned that throwing an animal is a criminal offense. After explaining to the officer that he was mad and wanted to upset his mother but not harm the kitten, the man decided to surrender the animal. The kitten was evaluated and is available for adoption.

Dog in concrete yard

DUDDINGTON PL. SE, 100 block, July 9. Responding to a call, a Humane Society officer found a Shar-Pei running loose in a concrete yard with very little shade. The owner called and said he was out of town and unaware that the dog's caretaker had left it outside.

Dog needs veterinary care

W ST. NE, 100 block, July 9. A Humane Society Officer discovered an extremely underweight pit bull in a home. The owner said the dog had had puppies seven weeks earlier and was eating well but not gaining weight. The owner was given a notice to have the dog seen by a veterinarian within seven days.

Adoptable cat

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, June 12. A 2-month-old cat that was found as a stray was taken to the shelter and later cared for at a foster home. The cat was made available for adoption.

The following were among cases handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or visit

Dog upset by fireworks

FRANKLIN ST. NE, 2600 block, July 9. A man took his 18-month-old Labrador retriever to the league's medical center because the animal was eating very little, was afraid to go outside and was having accidents in the house. A veterinarian discovered that the problem was a phobia of fireworks. The dog was given medication and mild sedatives.

26 West Virginia dogs

OGLETHORPE ST. NW, 1-99 block, July 13. The league took 26 dogs from a crowded animal shelter in Barboursville, W.Va. All the dogs were being evaluated for adoption.

Eight Washington cats

GEORGIA AVE. NW, 7300 block, July 13. The league accepted eight cats from a crowded Washington animal shelter. The cats were being evaluated at the league's medical center before being made available for adoption.

North Carolina Persian cat

SHERIDAN ST. NW, 200 block, July 13. A woman surrendered her 2-year-old Persian cat to the league because she had just moved from North Carolina and was staying with relatives who did not want the animal. The cat was treated for a flea infestation and was to be made available for adoption.

Cat neutering clinic

People with incomes of $30,000 or less can have their cats neutered free Monday. There is no residency requirement; appointments are not necessary. Cats must not be fed after 10 p.m. Sunday. Cats must be dropped off at the league's medical center between 8 and 9 a.m. and picked up between 3 and 4 p.m. Routine vaccinations can be done for $10 each. No feral cats or rescue groups will be accepted. For information, call 202-726-2256.

-- Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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