Fairfax County

The following were among animal cases received recently by the Animal Control Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. For more information, call 703-246-2253.

Man Bitten; Stray Cat Sought

Centreville area, Compton Lane, 6900 block, Nov. 16. A stray shorthair cat bit a 23-year-old man on the arm while he was attempting to catch it. Animal control officers set a trap to try to catch the cat to quarantine it. Anyone with information about the cat or its owner is asked to call animal control at 703-266-6490.

Dogs Encounter Rabid Wildlife

Falls Church area, Chestnut Ave., 6900 block, Nov. 18. A person reported that a raccoon charged at her in a back yard. Animal control officers found two dogs barking at the rabid raccoon in the 6800 block of Jefferson Avenue and euthanized it after it charged at them. The dogs' owner was advised to obtain rabies booster vaccinations for them, and they were quarantined at home.

Fairfax Villa area, Santa Clara Dr., 10900 block, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. A dog killed a rabid raccoon and was quarantined at home. The dog's owner was advised to obtain a rabies booster vaccination for it.

Vienna area, Cowberry Ct., 10500 block, 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Three dogs killed a rabid skunk. The dogs' owner was advised to obtain rabies booster vaccinations for them, and they were quarantined at home.

Lorton area, Lake Hill Dr., 8800 block, 11:15 a.m. Nov. 16. A rabid raccoon died in a back yard occupied by two dogs, whose owner was advised to obtain rabies booster shots for them. They were quarantined at home.

Fairfax City

The following were among animal cases received recently by the Animal Control Section of the Fairfax City Police Department. For more information, call 703-385-7924 or visit the Web site www.ci.fairfax.va.us and click on "Police" in the right-hand column.

Raccoon in Engine Turns Tail

Jermantown Rd., 4000 block, Nov. 19. A driver reported hearing a noise when she tried to start her car in the morning. She got out and noticed a tail hanging from the engine. An animal control officer found that a portion of a raccoon's tail had been left in the engine when it escaped from the car.

Report Barks Up Wrong Tree

Allison Cir., 4200 block, Nov. 19. A person reported that a neighbor's dog had been barking for a long time and that the dog might be signaling trouble in the area. An animal control officer found the pet on a deck

barking at its owner, who was operating a leaf-blower.

Squirrel Freed From Furnace

Old Post Rd., 3600 block, Nov. 20. A

resident called animal control about a squirrel that had been inside his furnace piping for two days and had worked its way into the

furnace, where it had gnawed and damaged wires. The front cover of the furnace was removed, and the unharmed squirrel was released outside.

Squirrel Released to Rehabilitator

Copper Lane, 3700 block, Nov 16. A person found an injured squirrel on a street and took it home. Animal control then transported it to the city shelter, where it was treated by a veterinarian for minor head injuries. It was released to a wildlife rehabilitator.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack