Alexandria

The following was 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.

Cat Home Alone

Kenmore Ave., 4700 block, April 27. An apartment manager called animal control about a cat that had been meowing in an apartment for several days. An officer went to the apartment with the manager and found that the cat had no food or water, and there was a dirty litter box. The officer left a notice on a door. The next day, the manager reported that the notice was gone and that someone appeared to be in the apartment. The officer returned and met with a relative of the owner's who had stopped to check on the cat. The relative said the owner was on a three-day business trip that turned into a three-week trip. The owner returned, and the cat was fine.

Arlington

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 from 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 Hides in Shower

Jackson St. N., 200 block, May 4. A resident called animal control after a raccoon entered her house through a chimney and ran to an upstairs bathroom, where it climbed to the top of a shower curtain rod and hid behind the curtain. An officer netted the animal and released it outside. Animal control advised the resident to have the chimney capped.

Ailing Dog Found Tied to Tree

Marcey Rd. N., 2800 block, May 5. A Potomac Overlook park ranger called animal control after finding a dog tied to a tree with a bowl of food next to it. The dog had a skin infection, was missing most of its fur and had cuts on its feet. It also appeared to have problems with its hips. The officer took the dog to a veterinarian, who treated it with antibiotics. It received a medicated bath at the shelter and was being held as a stray.

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE