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.

Feline Intruder Makes Mess

30TH ST. NW, 3400 block, Sept. 14. A stray cat ran into a man's house. When he tried to chase it outside, it leapt onto a bed, defecated and jumped through an open window onto a roof. The man called animal control, and an officer captured the cat, which was claimed by a woman at the D.C. shelter the next day.

Dogs Left Out in Rain

FIRST ST. SW, 4900 block, Sept. 6. Investigating a report, Humane Society officers found a pit bull left outside in the rain. The only shelter was a cage covered with plastic. The dog was impounded at the society shelter, and the case was under investigation.

16TH ST. NE, 2200 block, Sept. 9. The Humane Society received a report that two dogs were being kept outside without shelter. An officer investigated and saw two male teenagers with two pit bull-St. Bernard mixes approaching the house. The officer asked about the dogs, and the teens said their mother was afraid of them and didn't want them in the house. The officer advised the youths how to care for the animals and left a notice listing requirements for care.

Several days later, the mother called the society and said that she had told her son not to bring the dogs home and that she wanted to surrender them. The officer returned and tried to remove the animals, but the son grabbed them by the collar and left. The officer came back the next day and found the dogs in the rain. The animals were impounded at the society shelter, where they were held as strays.

Eatery Gives Up Turtles

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Sept. 11. A woman saw two turtles in a dirty container left on a counter as decoration in a Maryland restaurant. She persuaded the business to give them to her after she complained about their living conditions. She took the turtles to the D.C. shelter, and they were expected to be transferred to a reptile rescue group.

Puppy Needs Vet Help{grv}

FORT DAVIS ST. SE, 2100 block, Sept. 13. A woman called the Humane Society to say that her 4-month-old Pomeranian was sick but she couldn't afford veterinary care. An officer went to the home, and the woman said that the puppy had not been eating, had vomited and had blood in its urine. Asked whether the dog had eaten anything it shouldn't have, the woman said it had chewed wires to her video game console.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian, who determined that it had a painful abdomen, but X-rays were negative. The puppy was taken to the society shelter for observation and was given antibiotics. The dog was expected to recover and be returned to the owner.

Puppy Allegedly Beaten

ORLEANS PL. NE, 600 block, Sept. 14. The Humane Society received a report that a male teenager was regularly beating and kicking a puppy at a house. A younger girl and boy were also reportedly hitting it. A society officer went to the home and spoke with a woman, who told her children to bring the dog to the officer. The puppy was not seriously injured but seemed timid. When asked about mistreatment, the woman allegedly said her son probably had beaten the dog, but she wasn't certain about the other children. The woman surrendered the puppy, which was taken to the society to be examined. The case was under investigation.

2 Pit Bulls, Cat Euthanized

FOURTH ST. NE, 2700 block, Aug. 26. A woman surrendered two sick pit bulls to the D.C. shelter in late August. Both dogs had mange and one had an open wound on its leg. They were euthanized.

On Sept. 15, a Humane Society officer spoke to the woman about the responsibilities of pet owners and told her she should have arranged for veterinary care or surrendered the dogs earlier. The woman said she had had the dogs for five days after a friend left them with her. She said she had called to have them picked up after one had been hit by a car.

The woman then said she was under house arrest and asked whether the society could help with her sick cat. The cat was taken to a veterinarian, who diagnosed it with feline leukemia. The woman surrendered the animal, which was euthanized.

Jailed Man Surrenders Dogs

BLAINE ST. NE, 3900 block, Sept. 5. A Humane Society officer investigated a call about three dogs left in a house after their owner was jailed. The officer left a notice for the owner to contact the society. The man called and said he wanted to surrender them. The dogs were impounded at the society shelter and were to be evaluated for adoption.

Officer Rescues Chained Dog

THIRD ST. NE, 1100 block, Sept. 15. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a husky mix attached to a chain that was tangled in a fence outside a house. An aggressive bulldog was also chained in the yard, which was soiled with feces, trash and other debris. The officer told a woman inside the house to come outside. The woman held the bulldog while the officer untangled the other dog. At first, the husky mix didn't move, but after a few minutes, it seemed to catch its breath.

The woman said she chained the dogs because the yard was not secure and the husky mix dug holes. The husky mix's collar was so tight that the officer could barely fit a finger under it, and the dog had fly bites on its ears. Neither dog had access to proper shelter or clean water.

The woman thanked the officer for saving the life of the husky mix, which was impounded. The case was under investigation.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON