Alexandria

The following were 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.

Raccoon Freed From Can

STEVENSON AVE., 6300 block, July 27. Animal Control received a report of a raccoon walking with a metal can stuck on its head. An officer pulled off the can and put the uninjured animal in nearby woods. The Animal Welfare League urges the public not to litter.

Squirrel Unstuck From Fence

RANDOLPH ST. E., unit block, July 26. Investigating a report of a squirrel stuck in a chain-link fence, an Animal Control officer dislodged it and brought it to the city shelter. The animal was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator for observation.

Gecko Found in Window Well

WEST ST. N., 500 block, July 29. A man called Animal Control to report a lizard trapped in his window well. An officer captured the animal, which was about six inches long, and brought it to the city shelter, where it was determined to be a leopard gecko. It was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

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 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.

Man Investigates Boa in Mulch

NORTH BURLINGTON ST., 2200 block, Aug. 1. A man saw a snake in his mulch pile eating a mouse. Concerned that the snake was not native to the area, he took pictures of it and showed them to personnel at a nature center. He was told that the animal was probably not native. The man called Animal Control, and an officer uncovered the pile and captured the snake, a non-native boa constrictor. The snake was held as a stray at the county shelter.

Attempt to Save Pet Dog Fails

SOUTH 25TH ST., 2300 block, Aug. 3. A veterinarian called Animal Control for a client who could not take her 10-year-old dog to the veterinarian. The 110-pound shepherd mix, which had stopped breathing, was too heavy for her to carry to her vehicle. Officers arrived, and one performed CPR, but the dog was unresponsive. The officers counseled the woman on pet loss and left to give her time to say goodbye to her dog. They returned later that day to pick up the body.

Barking Dog in Motor Home

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2400 block, July 30. Animal Control received a call about a barking dog in a parked motor home. An officer found the vehicle's doors unlocked, the windows open and the key in the ignition. When the officer entered, a miniature schnauzer crawled underneath the dashboard. The officer removed the dog and took it to the county shelter. The owner, seeking the dog at the shelter, claimed it the same day.

Foster Caretakers Sought

The Animal Welfare League is seeking volunteers to participate in its pilot foster program for kittens and puppies, which stay with foster caretakers until they are old enough to return to the county shelter to be made available for adoption. The league provides veterinary care and supplies. For more information, call 703-931-9241.

-- Compiled by SARAH MARK

and KATHY ORTON