The following were among cases received recently by the Washington Humane Society. The society operates its own shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW and the District's shelter at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For more information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call 202-723-5730.
Poor Nutrition for Iguana
MORTON ST. NW, 600 block, Aug. 18. A humane society officer took a sick iguana to a veterinarian because its owner could not afford the care. The animal, which had been kept loose in a room, suffered from a metabolic bone disorder and mouth rot from poor nutrition, according to the society. The animal was being treated at the society shelter. The case was under investigation.
It is illegal to keep reptiles, except certain turtles and nonpoisonous snakes, in the District, according to the society.
Hospitalized Man Gives Up Dogs
BARNABY TERR. SE, 1000 block, Aug. 21. A humane society officer investigating a report found four dogs in a back yard with a bucket of water, a doghouse and no food. The yard was soiled with mud and feces. The dogs were owned by a man who had been hospitalized, and they had reportedly not received care for three days. The society asked a relative at the home to contact the man, who agreed to surrender them to the society shelter, where they were held for evaluation.
Family Surrenders Rooster Gift
JEFFERSON ST. NW, 1200 block, Aug. 21. After receiving a report of a weekly cockfight, a humane society officer met with a family that had a rooster and a rabbit in a back yard of a home. After the officer advised the family that roosters are not allowed in the District, the family surrendered the animal, which they said was a gift from a friend. The rooster was impounded by the society, which was attempting to place it with an animal sanctuary outside the District.
Pit Bull Severely Injures Dog
48TH PL. NE, 1000 block, Aug. 23. A pit bull attacked another pit bull, causing severe injuries. The attacking dog was quarantined at home, and the society took the other to a veterinary hospital for bite wounds to its face and neck. The case was under investigation.
Motorist's Retriever Impounded
IDAHO AVE. NW, 3200 block, Aug. 14. Police arrested a motorist whose vehicle contained his golden retriever. An animal control officer retrieved the dog at the police station where the car was towed. The dog was held at the D.C. shelter until a relative of the owner's claimed it six days later.
Cat Attacks Caretaker
12TH ST. NE, 600 block, Aug. 17. A man was attacked by his neighbor's cat, which he was watching while the neighbor was out of town. An animal control officer took the cat to the D.C. shelter, where it was held until the owner claimed it.
-- Compiled by SARAH MARK
and KATHY ORTON