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.

Cat Rescued After 5 Days on Ledge

21st St. NE, 1100 block, Dec. 30. A woman called animal control about a cat that had been stuck on a second-floor window ledge for five days. It was unclear how it got there. An animal control officer removed the 9-month-old female, which was taken to the D.C. shelter and adopted.

Crow Removed From Power Lines

Minnesota Ave. NE, 3900 block, Jan. 2. A woman called animal control about a bird tangled in fishing wire hooked over power lines. With the help of the fire department, an animal control officer retrieved the fish crow. The bird, which appeared uninjured, was untangled and transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center for observation.

Children Throw, Injure Rabbit

Morton St. NW, 600 block, Dec. 29. A woman called animal control about a severely injured rabbit that two small children had been throwing "like a ball." An animal control officer took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was euthanized.

Owner Dies, Crated Dog Freed

31st St. NW, 6600 block, Dec. 31. Police called animal control about a dog left in an apartment where a tenant had died. An animal control officer found the 7-year-old female Rhodesian Ridgeback in a crate in which it had apparently been trapped for several days. The officer took it to the D.C. shelter, and it was claimed several days later by a friend of the deceased owner.

Meowing Kitten in Home Air Vent

14th Pl. SE, 3300 block, Dec. 29. A woman noticed that each time the heat was turned in her apartment she heard a cat meow in an air vent. An animal control officer removed the vent cover and pulled out a 6-month-old female cat, which the woman did not recognize. The kitten was taken to the D.C. shelter and adopted.

Cat Unforgiven for Yule Turkey Theft

G St. SE, 4400 block, Dec. 29. A woman asked animal control to remove her 10-month-old cat from her house because it took turkey off the table on Christmas. An animal control officer took the female cat to the D.C. shelter, and it was adopted.

Dog Found in Gas Station Room

Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, 3000 block, Jan. 2. Police called animal control after finding a Rottweiler in a gas station storage room. A station attendant said a homeless man occasionally cared for the dog. An animal control officer gave an impoundment notice to the attendant and took the 4-year-old male to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact from the owner.

Pit Bull Chained in the Rain

Jefferson St. NW, 1300 block, Jan. 3. Responding to a report of a dog living in a back yard without shelter, a humane society officer found a male pit bull wearing a chain that was tangled around several household items strewed in the yard. The dog had no shelter, and it was raining. A man answered a door at the home and said he had been meaning to clean the yard and build a higher fence. The officer impounded the dog, explaining that it is illegal to chain it in such a manner. The dog was held at the society shelter pending the owner's compliance with housing requirements.

Lonely Cat Moved to Occupied Home

Independence Ave. SE, 1600 block, Jan. 3. The humane society received several calls from neighbors about a cat that was constantly meowing inside an apartment and pushing against the front door. They said the cat's owner was rarely home. A humane society officer heard the cat and talked to the building owner, who said the pet owner seemed to be spending a lot of time at the nearby residence of his girlfriend. The landlord spoke to the cat owner, who moved his pet to the girlfriend's residence.

-- Sarah Lane