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.

Dogs Chained Out in Snow

Falls Church area, Summers Lane, 5900 block, 3:45 p.m. Dec. 9. An animal control officer responding to a report found two dogs chained in the snow in the front yard of a residence, and there were empty water bowls. The officer told the dogs' owner to give them water, which they drank thirstily, and to provide proper outdoor shelter.

The officer observed two cats in the residence and asked to see rabies certificates for all four animals. The owner was charged with failure to provide proof of rabies vaccination for one dog and one cat, and she was told to obtain two county dog licenses.

Stray Cat Bites Girl

Centreville area, Barnesdale Path cul-de-sac, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6. A stray gray cat bit a 12-year-old girl on the hand, and she was treated by a doctor for four puncture wounds. Anyone with information about the cat or its owner is asked to call animal control at 703-266-6490.

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.

Pet Cat Chases Bat in Home

Cambridge Ct., 3200 block, 9 p.m. Dec. 8. A couple called animal control about a bat being chased by their cat in their townhouse. The bat was captured and euthanized, and a rabies test was negative.

Dachshund Bites Pedestrian

Fairfax Sq., 9900 block. One of two dachshunds being walked by a woman jumped up and bit a man on the leg as he walked by. The man reportedly received minor injuries. Anyone with information about the dog or its owner is asked to contact animal control at 703-385-7924.

Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies

Ren Rd., 3800 block, Nov. 28. A raccoon found in a yard by a man raking leaves was euthanized (as reported in the Dec. 12

Fairfax Extra), and lab results indicated that it had rabies. Animal control advises

residents to have all pets vaccinated against rabies and to report unusual behavior of pets and wildlife.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack