The following were among animal cases received recently by the Washington Humane Society (202-723-5730) and the D.C. Animal Control Division (202-576-6664). For more information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call either number.
Rocks Thrown at Feral Cat
Rhode Island Ave. NE, 200 block, Oct. 18. A man reported that children were throwing rocks at a cat behind an apartment building. An animal control officer captured the sick and injured feral animal, and it was euthanized at the D.C. shelter.
Rottweiler Blocks Access to Church
Eastern Ave. NE, 800 block, Oct. 23. A church employee reported that an aggressive Rottweiler was sitting on church steps, preventing access to the building. An animal control officer captured the 2-year-old male and took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was held as a stray, then euthanized when no one claimed it.
Starling Recording: Crying Wolf
H St. NW, 1800 block, Oct. 19. An office building employee reported hearing an injured bird on a window ledge. An animal control officer inspected the building from ground and roof but saw no bird. A homeless man in an adjacent park told the officer that he had been hearing a bird for days. The officer met the next day with building maintenance staffers, who said the sound was an audio recording of a starling distress call from a speaker on a ledge. The recordings are commonly used to dissuade starlings from roosting in the area, according to the humane society.
Cat Brings Squirrel Indoors
McKinley St. NW, 3900 block, Oct. 19. A woman reported that her cat had injured a mouse hiding behind a radiator. An animal control officer found that the animal was a juvenile squirrel that the cat had brought inside. The squirrel was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Football Accidentally Hits Bird
13th St. SE, 700 block, Oct. 19. Police called animal control after a pigeon was accidentally hit with a football. An animal control officer found the bird with an injured neck, and it was euthanized.
Officer Gives Fenced Dog an Out
Naylor Rd. SE, 2700 block, Oct. 22. A police officer reported that a stray dog was trapped in a fenced area and frantically trying to find a way out. An animal control officer removed the 10-month-old collie mix and took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.
Pit Bull in Junk Yard Impounded
Minnesota Ave. SE, 2700 block, Oct. 28. A humane society officer impounded a pit bull chained in a junk-filled yard. The male dog was found standing atop a car next to an alley, its chain tangled in a fence. No one answered the door at the residence. The dog was taken to the society shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner.
Dog and Cat Adoptions
The Washington Animal Rescue League will have dogs and cats available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kathleen Ewing Gallery, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. The adoption fee per animal is $60, including neutering and vaccination, and the application process takes seven to 10 days. Information: 202-726-2556 or www.warl.org.
-- Sarah Lane