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.

Cat Dies in Trash Compactor

EDSALL RD., 6100 block, Sept. 19. After a man placed a bag into a trash chute in a multi-residential building, he briefly heard a meow from the chute. He returned to his home, unsuccessfully searched for his gray tabby and called animal control. An officer found the animal dead in a trash compactor at the building and took it to the city shelter for disposal.

Lost Lab Found in Yard

ROOSEVELT ST., 1300 block, Sept. 24. Responding to a call, animal control picked up a stray chocolate Labrador retriever in a yard and took it to the city shelter, where its owner claimed it the next day.

Turtle Freed From Trash Can

WYTHE ST., 300 block, Sept. 24. A large turtle that was found in the bottom of a trash can was relocated to a local lake.

Canine Games

The Alexandria Animal Welfare League invites dogs to compete Saturday in a steeplechase, a non-dairy ice cream eating contest and Frisbee event. In addition, people may meet shelter dogs, obtain a microchip ID for their pets, eat food and listen to music. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chinquapin Park, 3210 King St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-838-4774 or go to the Web site www.alexandriaanimals.org.

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.

Ferret Greets Home Contractor

THIRD RD. S., 4600 block, Sept. 28. A ferret approached a contractor working in front of a house. The man picked up the animal, which appeared friendly. Animal control was called, and when an officer arrived and put the ferret into a carrier, it promptly fell asleep. It was held as a stray at the county shelter.

4 People Corral Elusive Collie

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, Sept. 26. Animal control received several reports about a stray collie in the area around the county shelter. Animal control employees unsuccessfully tried to catch the fast and aggressive dog five times. The collie was eventually corralled by four employees in a construction zone in front of the shelter, and it was captured with a catch pole. The dog, which had a collar but no ID, was held as a stray at the county shelter.

Bird Treated for Berry Poisoning

TAYLOR ST. N., 2000 block, Sept. 27. A woman reported that a bird had fallen from her roof and appeared to have trouble standing and breathing. An animal control officer found the uninjured young robin and noticed red berries on the ground and in feces on the bird's tail feathers. The bird was taken to the county shelter and given a charcoal solution to treat poisoning from the berries. The bird, which responded well to treatment, was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator to be cared for until it can be released.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON