Fairfax County

The following were among cases received recently by the Animal Control Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. For more information, call 703-246-2253.

Pit Bull Kills Terrier

Reston area, Lake Chapel Lane, 11100 block, 11 a.m. April 30. A pit bull attacked a terrier being walked by a woman. The pit bull ran away with the terrier in its mouth. Neighbors attempted to save the terrier, but the pit bull would not release it, and it died. An animal control officer captured the pit bull. Its owner, a 33-year-old Reston area woman, was charged with having an unrestricted dog. She surrendered the dog to animal control, and it was euthanized.

Leashed Dog Bites Bicyclist

Reston area, North Shore Drive and Temporary Road, 6:45 p.m. April 28. A leashed dog ran toward a woman riding a bicycle and bit her on the leg. The dog's owner dragged the dog away and left. The dog was described as black with a tan belly and pointy ears and nose.

Dogs Fight With Rabid Skunks

Woodlawn area, McNair Dr., 8800 block, 4:30 a.m. May 2. A dog fought with a skunk, and lab results indicated that the skunk had rabies. The dog, which was uninjured, had a current rabies vaccination and was to receive a booster shot.

Alexandria area, Wellington Rd., 8000 block, 6:45 a.m. May 1. A dog fought with a skunk, and lab results indicated that the skunk had rabies. The dog, which was uninjured, had a current rabies vaccination and was to receive a booster shot.

Fairfax City

The following were among cases received recently by the Animal Control Section of the Fairfax City Police Department. For more information, call 703-385-7924 or visit the Web site www.fairfaxva.gov and click on Animals under List of Services.

Raccoon Falls Into Fire

Springman Dr., 10600 block, May 3. A couple who had noticed an adult raccoon periodically entering their chimney made a fire in their fireplace to chase it away. A 4- to 5-week-old raccoon then fell from the flue into the fireplace, singing its fur but suffering no burns to the skin. The raccoon was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator to be monitored.

Animal control advises residents not to make fires to chase away animals. Instead, residents should try placing a bowl of ammonia and a noisy radio in the fireplace, according to animal control. To prevent wildlife from entering, chimneys should be capped.

Cats Receive Foster Care

Springlake Ter., 10000 block, May 5. A mother cat and kittens were taken to the city shelter and made available for adoption after a family gave them foster care in its yard. The family found the tame female cat and five kittens several weeks ago, then built a large pen in the yard, where they stayed until the kittens were old enough to leave.

Cats Abandoned Outside Store

Lee Hwy., 10700 block, May 2. Two orange cats were abandoned outside a pet store. They were taken to the city shelter and made available for adoption.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK