Alexandria

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.

Snake Evicted From Pool

DUKE ST., 4600 block, June 24. An Animal Control officer removed a black snake from a swimming pool by netting it. The snake was later released in a wooded area.

Arlington

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 www.awla.org.

Injured Raccoon Found in Tree

ROCHESTER ST. N., 2900 block, June 20. Investigating a report of an injured raccoon in a tree, an Animal Control officer found a raccoon hanging limply over a branch. It appeared that the animal had fallen from a higher branch and landed on its abdomen. It was unable to free itself. The officer took it to the county shelter, where it was determined to have a broken leg and possible internal bleeding. The animal was euthanized upon the recommendation of a wildlife rehabilitator.

Rat Rescued From Toilet

POLLARD ST. S., 1600 block, June 28. An Animal Control officer removed a rat from a toilet at a residence and released it outdoors.

Woman Re-Adopts Lost Cat

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, July 1. More than three weeks after losing her cat, an Arlington resident went to the county shelter to check whether it was there, according to the Animal Welfare League. She had not filed a lost-pet report. Staff members recommended that she look at a stray that matched her pet's description, and the woman identified her 2-year-old male orange tabby.

The cat, which had been found with no ID June 6 in the 1200 block of South Buchanan Street, had been held as a stray at the shelter for six days, then was made available for adoption on June 12. The cat owner's home is in the 1700 block of South George Mason Drive.

The woman was required to re-adopt the cat before being allowed to take it home. During the cat's stay at the shelter, it was treated for an upper respiratory infection and vaccinated against distemper.

Residents who lose a pet should immediately report it to the county shelter, according to the Animal Welfare League.

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE