The following 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.
Cat Atop Utility Pole Rescued
57th ST. NE, 300 block, Oct. 6. A Pepco employee called animal control about a cat atop a 25-foot utility pole, next to electrical wires. After an officer arrived, the employee used a crane boom to reach the animal and retrieve it. The cat was taken to the D.C. shelter and later adopted.
Raccoon Pulled From Sewer
RHODE ISLAND AVE. NE, 900 block, Oct. 7. A woman called animal control about a baby raccoon stuck in a storm sewer. An officer used a pair of snake tongs to pull the wet animal out, then picked up a sibling that was next to the drain. The raccoons were transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Cat Reportedly in Tree for a Week
12TH ST. SE, 3400 block, Oct. 6. A woman called animal control about a white cat that she said had been stuck in a tree for a week. An officer climbed the tree and retrieved the stray. Adoption of the cat was pending.
Man Allegedly Kicks Puppy
HOBART PL. NW, 600 block, Sept. 28. A drunk man reportedly kicked a small pit bull puppy in the face in a residential neighborhood. The puppy was taken to a veterinarian and treated with pain medication before being returned to the owner. The case was under investigation.
Society Aids Wounded Dog
V ST. SE, 1700 block, Oct. 4. A dog's owners took the wounded animal to the Humane Society shelter for assistance. The pet, which had a deep cut on its paw, was transferred to an animal hospital. The owners later retrieved the dog from the society after paying the veterinary bill. The owners had been giving the dog Tylenol PM, which the society said should not be done because it could be very harmful.
Cat Injured by BB Gun
CENTRAL AVE. NE, 1800 block, Oct. 4. A cat was taken to an animal hospital after it was shot with a BB gun. The owners said the cat was often outdoors, and they did not know who shot it. The cat suffered neurological damage that made it unable to use one of its rear legs. A pellet near the abdomen was not removed because, the veterinarian said, it would not cause problems. The case was under investigation.
Squirrel Stuck in Dorm Room
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY, Oct. 3. A university security officer called animal control about a squirrel that was trapped between a sink and a wall in a dormitory room. An officer removed the squirrel and released it to the wild.
Cat With Disease Euthanized
ELMIRA ST. SW, 1-100 block, Oct. 7. A kitten's owner called for assistance after the animal jumped off a couch and was limping and meowing. The kitten was taken to an animal hospital, where X-rays showed that it had thin, brittle bones and that it had suffered pelvis and leg fractures. The veterinarians determined that the animal had a rare condition, possibly osteogenesis imperfecta, for which there is no cure. The owner surrendered the pet for euthanization.
Jail Sentence for Dog's Owner
D.C. SUPERIOR COURT, Sept. 29. A man was found guilty of failing to provide veterinary care and sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years' probation for not obtaining medical help for his poodle mix.
The man, of the 700 block of West Virginia Ave. NE, was arrested in August, a year after he took his wounded poodle mix to the D.C. shelter. The dog, which had a maggot-infested leg, had not received medical care since it had been hit by a vehicle the previous week, according to animal control.
The man is prohibited from owning animals ("not even a goldfish") during probation and must pay $997 in restitution to the Humane Society for amputation of the dog's leg.
The dog was adopted after surgery.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON