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.

3 Birds Freed From Netting

JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY., 3800 block, Aug. 5. Investigating a report about birds in distress at a shopping mall, an animal control officer found four sparrows tangled in nets covering outdoor lights. The officer cut the nets, and three flew away. A fourth died in the netting.

Bat Caught in Bedroom

ST. ASAPH ST., 400 block, Aug. 1. An animal control officer captured a bat in a third-floor bedroom. It was taken to the city shelter, then transferred to the Health Department, where it tested negative for rabies.

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.

Fat Cat's Mishap Ends Well

NORTH MADISON ST., 2400 block, Aug. 8. An animal control officer freed a fat cat stuck in the wheel well of a car. The uninjured tortoiseshell was so overweight that it had difficulty walking, the officer said. The animal, which was wearing a flea collar but no identification, was impounded, and the owner claimed it the next day after seeking it at the county shelter.

Fledgling Survives Dog Ordeal

SOUTH ARLINGTON MILL BLVD., 2600 block, Aug. 10. A fledgling mourning dove was brought to the county shelter by a woman who found it in the mouth of her roommate's dog. The bird, which did not have visible injuries, was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, who plans to care for it until it is old enough to survive on its own.

Dog in Pain Euthanized

LITTLE FALLS RD., 6500 block, Aug. 3. A woman called animal control because she was unable to carry her ailing dog out of her basement. The dog had a hip problem and needed to be taken to a veterinarian. Officers found the 8-year-old, 140-pound dog in pain. They spoke with the veterinarian who had treated the dog for chronic hip problems. The veterinarian recommended euthanasia because it was suffering and unlikely to recover. The officers euthanized the dog with the owner's consent.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON