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.

Dog Breaks Through Fence

GUTHRIE AVE., 200 block, Oct. 3. Animal control received a call about a dog trying to escape from a yard through a wooden fence. When an officer arrived, the dog had broken through the six-foot-high fence and was sitting, uninjured, on a curb with a leash attached to its harness. The owner returned home, secured the dog and made arrangements to have the fence repaired.

Catfish Relocated From Fountain

DUKE ST., 5400 block, Oct. 7. A caller reported a catfish swimming in a fountain in front of an apartment building. Animal control relocated the fish to the Potomac River.

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.

Raccoon Plays Possum

CLARENDON BLVD., 2400 block, Oct. 4. A woman called animal control about a raccoon that appeared to be choking in a tree outside her house. An officer arrived, and, with the woman, watched the animal, which was slumped over branches. The officer continued to observe to see whether the raccoon was breathing. The raccoon suddenly stretched, yawned and arranged itself in a more conventional sleeping position. The officer was satisfied that the raccoon was fine and left.

Dog Outgrows Hiding Space

POTOMAC ST. N., 2500 block, Oct. 10. A woman reported that her dog was trapped underneath her deck. The 1-year old golden retriever -- which had easily gone underneath the deck as a puppy -- had squeezed through a small space and was unable to get out. An animal control officer and the woman dismantled part of the deck but could not reach the dog. The officer, the homeowner and neighbors then dug a 21/2-foot hole to allow the dog to escape. They repaired the deck, filled the hole and blocked small areas to prevent the dog from reentering.

Woman Reunited With Rabbit

POWHATTAN ST. N., 2100 block, Oct. 14. After reading about a stray lop-eared rabbit in last week's Animal Watch, a woman called the county shelter and reported that she had lost her brown rabbit in the same block. She identified her pet at the county shelter and reimbursed animal control for having it treated for an upper respiratory infection.

Animal control picked up the rabbit Oct. 5 after a neighbor caught it in the front yard of a home.

Report Bites Immediately

The Animal Welfare League has recently handled several cases in which animal-bite victims waited several days to file reports, making investigations and quarantines more difficult. The league advises the public to immediately report a bite by a wild or domestic animal to animal control.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON