No report was received from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for today's Extra. For information, call 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 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

Bird Found in Grocery Store

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, June 19. A young bird was found in a storage room of a grocery store, and a man took it to the county shelter the next day. The man had fed the bird and said he had been considering keeping it. The bird, believed to be a sparrow, appeared healthy but could not fly. It was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, who determined that it had a broken wing. The bird was expected to be released after healing.

It is unlawful to keep wildlife as pets, according to animal control. People who encounter a sick or injured animal should not attempt to feed it and should call the animal league at the phone number listed above.

Turtle in Dog's Mouth

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, June 17. A woman took a box turtle to the county shelter after finding it in her dog's mouth. The turtle's abdominal area appeared to be injured. The turtle was transferred to Long Branch Nature Center and was expected to be released after healing.

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE