These 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.
Kitten Strolls Into Business
SOUTH DAKOTA AVE. NE, 1500 block, Sept 2. A stray kitten walked into a dry cleaning business, and an employee called animal control. It was taken to the D.C. shelter and adopted after no one claimed it.
17 Gerbils Found Dead in Home
THIRD ST. NE, 1700 block, Aug. 19. A woman asked the Humane Society to pick up dying gerbils at her home. An officer found 17 dead gerbils in two 10-gallon fish tanks. The woman, who had burned incense to mask the odor, said that the animals had been left by a lodger who had moved out several weeks before and that she had not known what to feed them. The tanks contained chicken bones, rotted fruit, a shoe polish sponge, a filthy bandanna and other items. The gerbils were disposed of, and the case was under investigation.
Cat Thrown During Dispute
BUTLER ST. SE, 1600 block, Sept. 6. The Humane Society received a report that a cat had been kicked and tossed over a gate outside a home. A society officer met with police, who were investigating a domestic dispute at the home involving three people. A man allegedly admitted throwing the cat out of the home because the cat's owner had hit him in the face. The man was arrested, and the owner surrendered the cat, which was not seriously injured. The animal was held at the society shelter pending adoption.
Dog Owner Charged With Cruelty
NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE. NW, 4600 block, Sept. 3. A man was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals for allegedly failing to provide proper care for eight German shepherds, including five puppies.
In January, the Humane Society investigated a report about three thin puppies at a home. An officer went to the residence, and the dogs' owner took the officer to a nearby apartment, where the puppies were being kept. The dehydrated dogs were given water, then impounded.
After the owner reportedly refused to allow the officer to see his other dogs, the society obtained a search warrant and found a dead puppy and three adult shepherds, two of which were thin. A second puppy had died at a veterinary hospital.
A necropsy revealed that one puppy had died of starvation and the other of heart failure.
The three impounded puppies grew to their normal weight and were adopted. The three adults were euthanized because they were aggressive.
EIGHTH AND L STREETS SE, Sept. 3. A school employee reported that a beaver was caught in a trap behind the school. An animal control officer discovered that it was a groundhog and released it to the wild.
Man's Dog Bites His Other Pet
M ST. NE, 1800 block, Sept. 5. A man called the Humane Society after his pit bull attacked his shepherd mix. He surrendered the pit bull to the society shelter. An officer took the other dog to an animal hospital, where it was treated for wounds before being transferred to the shelter. The case was under investigation.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON