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 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

Shepherd Held in Attack

TAZWELL ST. N., 3800 block, July 1. A German shepherd escaped from a house and attacked a Cairn terrier being walked nearby. A bystander pulled the shepherd off the terrier, which sustained severe injuries, including puncture wounds to its neck, that required treatment at an animal hospital. An Animal Control officer met with the shepherd's caretaker, who agreed to surrender the animal. Both dogs' owners were on vacation at the time of the incident, but spoke with Animal Control upon their return. The shepherd was deemed dangerous and held at the county shelter pending a court hearing. The Cairn terrier was recovering at the hospital.

Horseshoe Crab Put Down

PIERCE ST. N., 1200 block, July 6. A man called Animal Control to report that his neighbors had left a pet turtle outside. The caller said that the strange-looking turtle, perhaps a sea turtle, had been outdoors for two days. An Animal Control officer discovered that the turtle was actually a horseshoe crab and found it to be in poor shape from the heat and from going without water. The crab was euthanized at the county shelter.

Stray Lab Mix Adopted

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, July 6. A 3-year-old male Labrador mix stray found in early June was adopted by a woman whose 12-year-old Lab had recently died.

Coyote Carcass Is a Fox

NORTH 29TH AND WESTMORELAND STREETS, July 6. Responding to a report of a dead coyote, an Animal Control officer found the carcass of a fox and removed it. The Animal Welfare League has been receiving an increasing number of calls regarding coyote sightings in the area. According to the League, many of the animals have turned out to be foxes.

Pet-Themed Kids' Days

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will host Kids' Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and July 23 and 30. Event themes include how to be a responsible pet owner, animal care, training a pet, animal-care careers and more. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children; preregistration is required. For more information, call 703-931-9241, Ext. 246, or visit

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE