The following were among cases received recently by the Washington Humane Society (202-723-5730) and the D.C. Department of Health's Animal Control Division (202-576-6664). For more information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call either number.
Woman Surprised by Snake Eyes
CRITTENDEN ST. NW, 1200 block, June 8. A woman phoned Animal Control after looking out her living room window and seeing a snake staring at her. An officer found a six-foot boa constrictor lying on the ground under the window with its head resting on the sill. The officer took the snake to the D.C. shelter, where it was held as a stray.
Pit Bull Wounded; Arrest Sought
FOURTH ST. SE, 3200 block, June 7. A Humane Society officer, following up on a report alleging that a pet owner had poured boiling water on her dog, went to the home of the owner's relatives and found a black and white pit bull in a crate. The dog had missing fur and a large scab on its back, consistent with scalding. The relatives said the dog had been left at their home overnight. The dog was impounded at the society shelter. An arrest warrant charging the owner with felony cruelty to animals was issued.
Woman Surrenders Hybrid Turtle
47TH PL. NE, 1000 block, June 3. A woman contacted Animal Control to ask that her pet turtle be removed from her apartment because she no longer wanted it. An officer took the male turtle to the D.C. shelter, where staff members arranged for it to be transferred to a reptile rehabilitator. The rehabilitator determined that the turtle was part red-eared slider and part map turtle, the first such hybrid she had seen. She was seeking a new home for the turtle.
Python Rescued From Road
THIRD ST. NW, 500 block, June 3. A motorist found a stray python on New York Avenue NW, put the snake in his car trunk and drove to his place of employment. He called Animal Control, asking that the snake be removed from his car. An officer took the snake to the D.C. shelter; it was transferred to a reptile rescue group.
Wounded Pit Bulls Impounded
B ST. SE, 5500 block, June 9. Responding to reports about a wounded pit bull puppy, the Humane Society obtained a search warrant and removed two dogs from a residence. A 6-month-old pit bull had two breaks in one leg, and an adult pit bull had bite wounds on its face and neck. The dogs' owner allegedly admitted to beating the puppy because the puppy had chewed items in the house. The dogs were held at the society shelter pending an investigation.
Opossum Runs in Bedroom
R ST. SE, 2600 block, June 8. A woman in a group home called Animal Control because an animal was running under a bureau in her bedroom. She did not know what kind of animal it was. An officer caught a juvenile opossum, which was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Cats Taken From Home
EMERSON ST. NW, 300 block, June 6. Responding to a report of an animal living in unsanitary conditions, a Humane Society officer found three cats in a home with litter boxes overflowing with feces; one of the cats had a severe case of ear mites. The owner agreed to have all three cats spayed or neutered at the society shelter and was told that the litter boxes must be cleaned before the cats would be returned.
Cat Surrendered to Shelter
CLIFTON ST. NW, 1400 block, May 25. A Humane Society officer, responding to a report of a thin cat living in filthy conditions, found an elderly, emaciated cat in a foul-smelling apartment. Roaches were on the floors and walls and in the refrigerator and the cat's food bowl. The cat's owner, 78, said she had broken her hip and was unable to clean or otherwise care for the cat, which was impounded. The cat became progressively ill at the society shelter, and the owner agreed to surrender it for euthanization.
Adult Protective Services was asked to check on the woman, who had little food.
-- Compiled by SARAH LANE