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D.C. animal watch

Thursday, September 23, 2010; DZ17

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 http://www.washhumane.org.

Dog abuse alleged

JAY ST. NE, 2700 block, Sept. 13. A woman reported to the Humane Society that she had just gotten her dog back from a friend and that the dog appeared to have been abused. A Humane Society officer found that the 2-year-old cairn terrier mix was scratching from a flea infestation and had large areas of hair loss and scabs from the scratching. The owner said that she had heard that a previous caretaker had thrown boiling water on the dog months ago. When the owner was advised to have the dog seen by a veterinarian, she surrendered the animal. The dog was taken to a veterinarian, who diagnosed flea allergies. The incident is being investigated.

Kitten suffers fatal seizure

K ST. NW, 1-99 block, Sept. 14. A woman called the Humane Society when her 4-month-old kitten was having a seizure. A Humane Society officer found the domestic shorthair was having difficulty holding up its head and its ear was bleeding. Family members said the kitten had been playing under a pile of laundry in the kitchen, and when they returned, it was having the seizure. Nobody could say whether the kitten had been stepped on. The woman surrendered the kitten to the society, and a veterinarian discovered bleeding in its brain. Because the kitten had suffered irreversible neurological damage, it was euthanized.

Infested dog is euthanized

ARKANSAS AVE. NW, 4900 block, Sept. 14. An owner called the Humane Society to surrender his 11-year-old Akita. The animal control officer who picked up the animal saw that it had maggots, which the owner claimed not to have noticed until that day. The dog was euthanized because of its injuries, and the case is under investigation.

Cat is given up for adoption

GIRARD ST. NW, 1400 block, April 12. A 3-year-old domestic medium-hair was surrendered by its owner because the owners' landlord would not allow pets. The cat was made available for adoption.

The following cases were handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or visit http://www.warl.org.

Clinic treats 24 pit bulls

OGLETHORPE ST. NW, 1-99 block, Sept. 13. Twenty-four pit bulls were treated during the league's monthly free spay, neuter and vaccination clinic. The dogs were returned to their owners that day. The next clinic will be Oct. 11.

Sick dog's pups are given up

EDSON PL. NE, 4500 block, Sept. 14. A dog owner surrendered five 2-day-old pit bulls to the league because their sick mother could not nurse them. Staff members were fostering the pups until they become old enough to be made available for adoption.

Ohio shelter transfers 16 dogs

OGLETHORPE ST. NW, 1-99 block, Sept. 14. League employees and the Rescue Waggin', an animal transport service that takes adoptable animals in high-euthanasia shelters to adopting shelters, picked up 16 dogs from a crowded shelter in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The dogs included a toy poodle, two boxers, a basset hound, a springer spaniel and several Jack Russell terrier mixes. The dogs were being evaluated for adoption.

League joins World Rabies Day

The Washington Animal Rescue League will give free rabies vaccinations to cats and dogs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in honor of World Rabies Day. No appointments are necessary. Cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be leashed. Owners should bring their pet's vaccination record. For information, call 202-726-2273.

-- Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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