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.

Errant Dog Rescued From River

S. Union and Franklin streets, Nov. 20. After animal control officers approached a stray German shepherd mix sitting at a street corner, it trotted to a wooded area, then fell into the Potomac River from a cement landing. An officer snared the dog with a flexible catchpole and pulled it out with his hands. The dog was taken the city shelter. Its owner, who had just moved to Alexandria, claimed it the next day.

Deformed Sea Gull Euthanized

Founders Park, Nov. 25. Animal control responded to a call about a sea gull with no webbed feet in a park. An animal control officer captured the bird, which had either severely underdeveloped feet or feet disfigured from an old injury. The bird was euthanized at the city shelter.

Kittens Found in Tractor-Trailer

Jefferson Davis Hwy., 3100 block, Nov. 22. Police reported that three newborn kittens were found under wooden pallets in a tractor-trailer. The kittens, whose mother was absent, were euthanized.

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.

Trapped Opossum Released

N. Lebanon St., 900 block, Nov. 22. A resident asked animal control to remove an opossum from a trap in her front yard. Animal control released the animal into a nearby wooded area and told the resident that it is illegal to trap wildlife or domestic animals in the county without obtaining a permit from animal control.

Cat and Raccoon Fight N. 29th St., 6400 block Nov. 26. A resident heard two animals fighting outside her window and saw a raccoon and a black-and-white cat. Both then fled. Animal control was searching for the cat to verify that it was vaccinated against rabies.

-- Sarah Mark