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.
Information Sought in Deaths
Of Three Cats at NE Address
19th St. NE, 700 block, 7 p.m. Nov. 19. A woman with several stray cats living in her yard found one, a 10-week-old, mutilated on her porch and another dead in a neighbor's garage. About two weeks earlier, another cat, her 6-year-old spayed pet, died after returning home with severe injuries, apparently from a beating.
The Washington Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States are offering a $4,500 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction in the case. Torturing and killing an animal is a felony in the District and punishable by as many as five years in prison and/or a fine of as much as $25,000.
Deer Wandering in Metro Tunnel
Rescued, Released in the Wild
Fort Totten Metro Station, Nov. 14. An animal control officer used a tranquilizer gun to sedate a deer found on the tracks in a Metro tunnel. Uninjured, it was released in a wooded area.
Reported as Aggressive,
Sickly Stray Cat Euthanized
Eastern Ave. NE, 5100 block, Nov. 18. A woman reported that a stray cat was chasing people. An animal control officer found an orange male cat, which appeared to be too sick to chase anyone. No lost-pet reports for the cat were on file at the D.C. shelter, and it was euthanized.
Trot in City Terminated,
Turkeys Back in the Woods
Mississippi Ave. SE, 1200 block, Nov. 19. Responding to a report of two wild turkeys on a street, an animal control officer herded the birds into a wooded area.
Injured Woodcock Retrieved,
Transferred to Rehabilitator
Brentwood Rd. NE, 1200 block, Nov. 10. A man called animal control about an injured kiwi. The bird, actually an American woodcock, was picked up by an animal control officer and transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Raccoon, Unwelcome in Bedroom,
Removed, Released in the Wild
46th St. NW, 4800 block, Nov. 11. A woman called animal control after finding a raccoon in her guest bedroom. An animal control officer removed the raccoon and released it in the wild.
Found in Abandoned Car,
Miniature Poodle Has New Home Shepherd Pkwy. SW, 5000 block, Nov. 12. An animal control officer found a female miniature poodle in an abandoned car. It was held at the D.C. shelter and adopted when no one claimed it.
Humane Society Monitoring
Homeless Man's Care of Pet Lab
Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 800 block, Nov. 9. Responding to a report, a humane society officer met with a homeless man living in a park with his brown Labrador retriever. The dog was in good condition, and the man had food for it. When the officer returned to vaccinate the male dog, the man said he had a friend who would keep it when temperatures became too cold. The officer planned a follow-up.
Found Entangled in Fence,
Shepherd Is Impounded Decatur St. NW, 800 block, Nov. 18. Responding to a report by a police officer, a humane society officer found an adult male German shepherd attached to a chain caught under a fence at a residence. The dog had two feet of space in which to move. No one was at home, and the officer cut the chain and impounded the dog, which was held at the society shelter pending investigation.
Being Held at Shelter
Webster St. NW, 200 block, Nov. 15. Responding to a report about a Rottweiler in a home, a humane society officer visited and a woman partially opened a door. She reportedly said her dog would attack the officer if she opened it further. When the officer insisted, the woman let her inside. The female dog had protruding ribs and backbone, was missing fur and was tied to a radiator with a cable. The owner said she kept the dog there when she had company. The officer impounded the dog at the society shelter, where it was held pending investigation.
-- Sarah Lane
and Sarah Mark