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.

Owners, Long-Lost Bird Reunited

Eisenhower Ave., 4100 block, Jan. 4. A person brought a stray Quaker parakeet to a veterinary clinic, and it was examined by a veterinarian, then transferred to the city shelter. The 14-year-old bird's owners, who happened to be visiting the shelter, were surprised to see their pet, which responded to them after having been lost for more than a year. They took it home.

Dogs Removed During Police Search

Alfred St. N., Jan. 16. Police executing a search warrant at a residence asked animal control for assistance with two dogs. An animal control officer took two pit bulls to the city shelter, where they were claimed by their owner, who did not live at the residence.

Raccoon Found Behind Refrigerator

Rippon Pl., 1600 block, Jan. 23. An animal control officer captured a raccoon hiding behind a refrigerator in a home and released it in a nearby wooded area.

Two Labs Kill Rabid Raccoon

Seminary Rd., Jan. 14. Two Labrador retrievers killed a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. Both dogs, which had current rabies vaccinations, were revaccinated and temporarily quarantined.

Animal control urges all pet owners to vaccinate their animals as required by state and city laws. Unvaccinated pets that encounter rabid animals are euthanized or put in isolation for six months, according animal control. Residents also should not feed or touch wild animals, which could be infected.

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.

Raccoon Hangs Out in Ceiling

Stafford St. N., 1300 block, Jan. 27. A man called animal control about a raccoon living in his ceiling. The 18- to 20-pound animal had fallen through a hole in the ceiling at least six times and climbed back through it by swinging from joists. It finally fell to the floor. An animal control officer chased it into an empty room, netted it and released it in a nearby wooded area.

Injured Puppy Found Near Dumpster

Shirlington Rd. S., 2600 block, Jan. 24. An animal control officer, responding to a report, found an injured 4-month-old Jack Russell terrier unable to walk in bushes near a dumpster. The officer took the female puppy to a veterinarian, who determined that it was severely injured, and it was euthanized.

-- Sarah Lane