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.
Chipmunk Falls Into Window Well
JORDAN ST. N., 500 block, June 6. Responding to a report about a baby chipmunk that fell into a window well, an animal control officer removed a grate covering the window well and netted the animal. The officer took it to the city shelter, where it was determined to be uninjured. The chipmunk was put in foster care with a wildlife rehabilitator.
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.
Baby Bird Freed From Window
GLEBE RD., 1300 block, June 14. An animal control officer responded to a report of a baby cardinal trapped between the screen and the glass of a second-story window. As the officer was removing the fledgling, its parents were flying frantically nearby. With no nest in sight, the officer placed the bird in a box on the ground. The father cardinal swooped down, scooped up the fledgling and placed it on a low branch of a nearby tree.
Hook Removed From Duck's Leg
ARLINGTON MILL RD. S., 2600 block, June 8. A man found a duckling with a fishhook in its leg at a D.C. boathouse and surrendered it to the Arlington shelter. Animal control transported the duck to Alexandria Animal Hospital, where the hook was removed. The duck was then transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator. It is to be released when it is old enough to survive on its own.
Leashes Required for Dogs
In response to several complaints about unleashed dogs, animal control advises pet owners that dogs must be leashed when they are off their property or not in a park where unleashed dogs are allowed. Violation of the leash law could result in a fine. All dogs in Arlington are also required to have a dog license and be vaccinated against rabies.
-- Compiled by SARAH LANE