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.
Cats in Distress Rescued
MORTON ST. NW, 600 block, June 27. A man reported that a stray cat had gotten its head stuck in a lattice fence under his porch. An Animal Control officer freed the cat's head by first easing out one ear, then the other. The animal was held at the D.C. shelter as a stray.
BAY ST. SE, 1700 block, June 27. A man called Animal Control about a cat that had been stranded for two days on an air conditioner outside his home, trapped between a window and a screen. An officer freed the young tortoiseshell and took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was made available for adoption.
Pit Bulls in Filthy Crawl Space
KENNEDY ST. NW, 700 block, June 25. After arresting their owner, police asked Animal Control to pick up two pit bulls. An Animal Control officer found the dogs in a crawl space under a store, without food or water. The area was infested with fleas and soiled with feces and urine. The dogs were held at the D.C. shelter pending contact from the owner.
Dog Chained on Soiled Porch
V ST. NW, 1300 block, June 20. Investigating a report of a small dog chained to a front porch at a home, a Humane Society officer found a Chihuahua mix attached to a heavy chain and standing in its own feces and urine. A large pan of dog food was nearby. No one answered the door at the residence. The dog was held at the society shelter pending an investigation.
Dog Untreated; Owner Charged
WEST VIRGINIA AVE. NE, 700 block, June 22. A man surrendered his small poodle mix to the Humane Society a week after it had been hit by a car. Because he had allegedly failed to arrange for veterinary care, the man was charged with animal cruelty. One of the dog's legs was found to be infected with maggots and was amputated. The dog was adopted after surgery.
Dogs Found in Police Search
15TH ST. NW, 1700 block, June 19. While the FBI and D.C. police were executing a search warrant at a house, they found two dogs, one chained to a radiator and the other chained to a doorknob. The animals were slightly underweight and standing in their excrement. They were impounded at the Humane Society shelter pending an investigation.
Woman Charged With Cruelty
1100 HOLBROOK ST. NE, June 22. After an investigation, a woman was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly failing to provide food and water for two dogs more than a year ago. On Feb. 14, 2003, a Humane Society officer, investigating a report, found two emaciated, wounded pit bulls in a filthy crate. Their owner said that she thought the dogs looked fine and that the injuries -- puncture wounds and abrasions -- resulted from the dogs' fighting each other. They were impounded and euthanized.
-- Compiled by SARAH LANE
and SARAH MARK