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.

Girl, 7, Reports Stray Puppy

TENNESSEE AVE., 200 block, Sept. 5. A 7-year-old girl called animal control after finding a stray puppy in her front yard. The girl gave her name and location and a description of the dog. The puppy was taken to the city shelter, where it was made available for adoption.

Parakeet Netted From Tree

GARLAND ST. N., 4000 block, Sept. 6. A man called animal control to report a blue and white parakeet in his tree. An officer netted the bird and took it to the city shelter, where it was made available for adoption.

Barking Dog Impounded

YOAKUM PKWY., 200 block, Sept. 6. Investigating several reports about barking at a residence, animal control left a notice on a door of the home. When there was no response after 24 hours, animal control impounded the dog. Several days later an inquiry was made about the animal. The owner was reportedly out of the country and had asked a friend to care for the dog. The animal was held at the shelter until the owner could claim it.

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.

Flying Squirrel Flees Officers

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 800 block, Sept. 5. A woman reported that a flying squirrel was trapped in her house. Two officers unsuccessfully tried to capture the animal, which kept trying to climb window screens. They left a trap and told the woman to keep the squirrel in the room until the window screens could be removed to let the animal escape.

Fears About Raccoon Sighting

18TH ST. S., 700 block, Sept. 14. A woman reported that she had seen a raccoon outside in the daytime, which led her to believe that it was rabid. An animal control officer was unable to locate the animal, which was reported by several people.

Based on information from the witnesses, the officer concluded that the animal was behaving normally and was healthy. According to animal control, it is not uncommon to see healthy nocturnal animals in the daytime. However, rabies-infected animals do not always exhibit symptoms, so it is important to always keep a safe distance. Animal control should be contacted immediately when an animal exhibits any of the following symptoms: excessive drooling, aggressiveness, walking in circles or staggering.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Animal Welfare League will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the county shelter, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. The fee is $7. Pets must be leashed or in carriers. For more information, call the league at 703-931-9241.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON