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.

Squirrel Released From Kitchen

TANEY AVE., 5400 block, Aug. 17. An animal control officer caught a squirrel in a kitchen and released it in a nearby wooded area.

Opossum Found in Trash Can

COMMERCE ST., 1-100 block, Aug. 20. An opossum was removed from a trash can and relocated.

Owner Told to Leash Beagle

ORONOCO BAY PARK, Aug. 15. A beagle was running loose in a park. An animal control officer notified the dog's owner of the law requiring leashes for dogs in public and issued a warning notice.

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.

Squirrel Trapped in Window

NORTH SIXTH ST., 600 block, Aug. 23. A squirrel was trapped between two panes of glass in a window frame. After an animal control officer used a putty knife to chip away paint on the window to open it, the squirrel ran away.

Dog Under Van Coaxed Out

SOUTH RANDOLPH ST., 1400 block, Aug. 25. After several people reported seeing a dog running loose at a park, an animal control officer searched for the animal but couldn't find it. Returning to the shelter, the officer received a call that a dog of a similar description was hiding under a van on South Randolph Street and refusing to come out. The officer arrived, lay under the van, spoke to the dog and offered treats. When the dog moved closer to the officer, she put a leash on it and coaxed it out. The dog was held as a stray at the city shelter.

Woman Catches Elusive Pit Bulls

NORTH GEORGE MASON DR., 1700 block, Aug. 26. Two pit bulls were reported running loose near Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. An animal control officer searched for them without success. Later, a woman brought two pit bulls to the shelter and said she had found them near the hospital. One dog, a male, had a collar but no identification. The other, a female, did not have a collar. They were held as strays.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON