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.

Squirrel Netted in Bathroom

Armistead St. N., 500 block, Nov. 16. Responding to a call about a squirrel in a kitchen at a residence, an animal control officer found the animal in a bathroom, caught it in a net and released it outside.

Pointer Escapes Through Gate

Lee St. N., 200 block, Nov. 18. A woman called animal control after she found a wandering German shorthaired pointer. An animal control officer discovered that the elderly dog had left its residence through a gate left open by house painters. The dog was returned home, and the painters were told to keep the gate closed. The Animal Welfare League advises owners to keep their pets confined in another part of the residence while workers are present.

Stray Dog Found Near Shelter

Eisenhower Ave., 4100 block, Nov. 19. A German shepherd mix was found by city shelter staff running on the grounds of the shelter, dragging a rusty chain. The dog, which had matted fur, was being held at the shelter.


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

Dog Gives Birth in Yard

Kenmore St. S., 2100 block, Nov. 21. A motorist called animal control to report a dog having puppies in a back yard. An animal control officer found three 6-week-old puppies under a vacant shed without their mother. Neighbors told the officer that they had seen a tall, thin German shepherd mix in the area. The puppies were taken to the county shelter, and the neighbors were asked to call animal control if the mother returned.

Sparrow Harrows Shoppers

Wilson Blvd., 5200 block, Nov. 18. Convenience store employees called animal control after a sparrow flew out from behind a shelf of bread, startling shoppers. It then flew into a storeroom. Animal control told the employees to turn off the lights and prop open a front door so the bird could find its way outside. By the time an animal control officer arrived, the bird had left.

Kitten Bites Good Samaritan

Jefferson Davis Hwy., 1400 block, Nov. 18. As a man was leaving a gym, he saw a small kitten shivering in a bush. When he attempted to pick it up, the kitten bit and scratched his left hand. An animal control officer picked up the kitten and took it to the county shelter, where it was quarantined.

-- Sarah Lane