The following report was provided by the Alexandria Police Department. For more information, call 703-838-4636.

Chihuahua Stolen From Shelter

4101 EISENHOWER AVE., noon to 6 p.m. May 20. An 8-month-old female Chihuahua was stolen from a fenced indoor-outdoor run at the city shelter, police said. The dog had recently undergone abdominal surgery for spaying and needed veterinary follow-up care. The dog weighed about seven pounds and had stitches on its belly and a shaved spot on a front leg. Although a Chihuahua, it resembles a miniature pinscher because of black and tan markings, police said. Arrangements had been made for the dog's adoption before it was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 703-838-4444 or the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at 703-838-4774.


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

Parrot Finder Refuses Reward

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S. (Arlington Animal Shelter), 2600 block, May 15. A Vienna resident called Arlington animal control after finding an exotic gray parrot, with bright green feathers on its head and torso, in her back yard. The woman said her family had put up fliers and tried to contact the Fairfax Humane Society but could not find its number. An Arlington shelter staff member gave the woman the number for the Fairfax shelter, then examined Arlington shelter files and found a report of a Meyer's Parrot lost in Vienna. The woman was put in touch with the owners of the lost parrot, and the stray was determined to be their pet. The owners offered the woman a reward. When she declined it, they made a donation to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Deer Stuck Between Fences

31ST RD. S., 4600 block, May 17. A resident reported that a deer behind her property was stuck between two fences, with only a foot of space between them. Animal control officers found that the male deer, which weighed more than 100 pounds, appeared to have walked about 60 feet alongside the fences, scraping itself. The deer was tranquilized, and the officers removed it during a struggle, receiving scratches and cuts. The badly injured deer was euthanized.

Cat Struck, Injured by Car

NORTH 16TH AND NORTH ROOSEVELT STREETS, May 17. A cat was reported to have been hit by a car. Using information on an ID that the cat was wearing, an animal control officer contacted its owners, then took the cat to an animal hospital. The owners arrived a short time later.

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE