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.
Men Save Dog From Attackers
G St. SE, 4400 block, Jan. 28. Maintenance men at an apartment complex called police after they took a stray basset hound from teenagers who had been kicking and beating it. An animal control officer took the male dog to the D.C. shelter, and it was adopted.
Dog Tied to Junked Car in Lot
Benning Rd. NE, 3300 block, Feb. 1. A Humane Society officer impounded a pit bull found tied to a junked car in a towing company lot. The tether was wrapped around the car tires, allowing the dog to move about three feet. It could not reach its water, and there was no shelter. The officer cut a padlock to reach the dog, replaced the lock with a new one and left a notice for the dog's owner. The dog was held at the society shelter pending investigation.
Dog Allegedly Beaten to Death
Q St. SE, 1600 block, Jan. 24. A police officer reported that he was at the scene of a domestic disturbance in which a male teenager was allegedly threatening to kill family members. When a Humane Society officer responded, a 17-year-old boy had been arrested. A week earlier, after reportedly being assaulted by the teenager, a relative let three dogs inside the house but could not reach a fourth, a puppy, before locking the teenager outside. The youth then stood on a porch and allegedly beat the 4-month-old dog to death. The body, which had been kept frozen, was turned over to the society officer, who impounded the other dogs. They were held at the society shelter pending investigation.
Rottweiler Reunited With Owner
New York Ave. NE, 1200 block, Jan. 28. A man took a stray Rottweiler to the D.C. shelter after it jumped into his car. A man identified on a tag worn by the dog claimed the pet from the shelter.
Snakes Favored Over Pet Cat
New York Ave. NE, 1200 block, Jan. 31. A woman who owns three pythons surrendered her year-old male cat to the D.C. shelter, saying she wanted to let the snakes slither throughout her apartment. The cat was made available for adoption.
Elusive Guinea Fowl Trapped
Columbia Rd. NW, 1000 block, Jan. 28. An animal control officer used a box trap to catch a stray guinea fowl that had been eluding capture for weeks. The bird was transferred to a farm animal rescue group.
Thirsty Bird Freed From Ceiling
Alabama Ave. SE, 3800 block, Jan. 24. An animal control officer caught a Cooper's hawk that had been stuck above ceiling tiles in an office for several days. The bird, which was lethargic and dehydrated, drank a lot of water before being transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
-- Sarah Lane