Alexandria

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the Alexandria Animal Shelter and provides animal control services to Alexandria. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774.

Ill Cats Found Behind Shed

Seminary Rd., 3700 block, Oct. 21. Animal control officers, responding to a call, found a cat and her four kittens behind a maintenance shed. None appeared healthy, and three kittens were blinded by eye infections. All of the cats were taken to the city shelter and euthanized.

Hawk Attacks Pigeon

Robinson Ct., 500 block, Oct. 21. An animal control officer picked up an injured pigeon after it was attacked by a hawk. The bird was euthanized at the city shelter.

Opossum Sleeping in Trash Can

Lee St. S., 200 block, Oct. 22. An animal control officer removed a sleeping opossum from a garbage can. It was released in the wild.

Arlington

The following were among animal cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to Arlington County. The shelter is open for adoptions noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-931-9241. The league's Web site is www.awla.org.

Boy Stews About Lobsters' Fate

Arlington County, Oct. 16. A caller requested that an animal control officer speak with her son, 6, because he was so anxious about her plans to drop lobsters into boiling water for dinner that he took them into his bedroom. The animal control staff person who took the call suggested that she try to calm him by explaining the food chain. If that didn't work, the mother was advised to ask a neighbor to cook them or take the lobsters back to the store.

Intruder Monkeys Around on Porch

Arlington County, Oct. 2. Animal control received a call from a woman who claimed that a monkey had been defecating on her back porch. When asked if she had seen the culprit, she said "No, but I've seen monkey poop and I know that a monkey comes to my back porch." Animal control told her to call back if she saw a monkey.

-- Sarah Lane