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.
Rooster Crows in Neighborhood
Price St., 1700 block, March 27. Responding to a report of a rooster crowing since 5 a.m., an animal control officer found it in a dog cage on a porch at a residence. The officer advised a resident that roosters are illegal in the city. The resident said it would be kept indoors until being transported to North Carolina that day.
Cat Left 3 Days in Car at Hospital
Seminary Rd., 4300 block, March 30. An animal control officer picked up a Persian cat that had been in a car parked at a hospital for three days. The cat's elderly owner had been admitted to the hospital and had forgotten about the cat. The animal, which appeared to be in good condition, was being held at the city shelter.
Beaver Captured at Business
Colvin St., March 26. An employee of a business reported capturing a raccoon under a trash can. An animal control officer found that the raccoon was a female beaver and released it in a nearby waterway.
Four Cats Abandoned in Apartment
Four Mile Rd., 500 block, March 26. Responding to a report of four cats abandoned in an apartment by a tenant who had moved a week earlier, an animal control officer found one thin cat and three others in good health. They were being held at the city shelter.
The following were among 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 from 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.
Cat Leaves Owner at Airport
Reagan National Airport, March 28. Airport authorities asked animal control for help catching a passenger's show cat that escaped from its carrier after its owner tried to take it out and was bitten. An animal control officer found the cat in an airport stairwell, netted it, put it in its carrier and returned it to the owner.
Pigeon Rescued From School Field
Key Blvd., 2300 block, April 1. School officials called animal control about a pigeon sitting on a playing field for several hours. They had covered the bird with a box. An animal control officer picked up the adult pigeon, which could walk but not fly, and took it to the county shelter. It was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Vehicle Strikes, Kills Cat
George Mason Dr., 2100 block, April 2. Animal control picked up a cat that had been hit by a vehicle and died from severe head and internal injuries. The gray-and-white male was held at the county shelter for possible owner identification.
-- Sarah Lane