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.

Roaming Black Bear Captured

CHANTILLY AREA, Melville Lane, 13100 block, 4 p.m. May 30. A black bear that had been wandering in and out of residential neighborhoods and traffic was caught in a tree after being shot with a tranquilizer dart gun by a Virginia game warden. The bear was treated for minor injuries it received as a result of falling from the tree. It was relocated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Dog Chokes on Toy, Dies

HYBLA VALLEY AREA, Audubon Ave., 7800 block, 8 p.m. May 29. A man took his 5-month-old Pomeranian to a veterinarian because it was choking on a plastic lizard. The man returned home with the dog, untreated, because, he said, he didn't have money for medical care. He called the fire department, and the case was referred to animal control. The dog, which reportedly had been choking for more than three hours when the fire department was called, died before animal control arrived. A 40-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty.

Rabid Raccoon in Front Yard

GREAT FALLS AREA, Farmside Pl., 9600 block, 10 p.m. May 31. Animal control was called about a sick raccoon in the front yard of a residence. The raccoon was euthanized, and lab results indicated it had rabies. A dog that had fought with the raccoon was given a rabies 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.

Baby Raccoon Under Bush

FAIRFAX SQ., 9800 block, May 29. A female resident found a baby raccoon alone under a bush in her yard about midnight. Later the next morning, she called animal control because its mother had not returned. The animal was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

2 Stray Puppies in Yard

BOXFORD CT., 10000 block, May 29. Two 6- to 8-week-old puppies were found in the fenced back yard of a residence. The puppies, a shepherd mix and a Labrador mix, were taken to the city shelter and were to be made available for adoption if not claimed.

Sick Raccoon Found

DARBY ST., 10300 block, May 30. A female resident called animal control about a raccoon in her back yard. An officer found the raccoon sick and unable to stand. The raccoon was euthanized, and lab results indicated it did not have rabies.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK