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.

Dozing Cat Avoids Wash Cycle

B ST., 4400 block, Oct. 18. Residents called animal control after finding a cat asleep, curled around the agitator of a washing machine in the laundry room of an apartment building. An officer woke the cat and took it to the shelter, where it was made available for adoption after no one claimed it.

Pit Bull Found in Van

NINTH ST. SE., 3800 block, Oct. 13. Humane Society officers found a pit bull in a van after police reported seeing the dog there for two days. There was food sealed in bags and no water in the vehicle. The dog was impounded at the society shelter. The van owner, located through the vehicle's tags, told a society officer that she had left her vehicle for repairs near a mechanic's residence in Southeast (where it was found by police) and that the dog was not hers. The pit bull was euthanized after no one claimed it.

Harmless Snake Rattles Woman

SEVENTH ST., 700 block, Oct. 20. A woman called animal control about a snake making rattling noises in her kitchen. An officer caught a harmless young rat snake, which makes noises similar to a rattlesnake, and released it in a nearby wooded area.

Dog's 'Burn' Actually Infection

FLORIDA AVE. NE., 1200 block, Oct. 23. Humane Society officers took a dog to an animal hospital because the owner thought someone had burned one of its ears. A veterinarian determined that the dog had a skin condition that had become infected. The dog was given antibiotics and spayed, then returned home after recovery.

Iguana Strolls Down Street

BATES ST., 1 to 100 block, Oct. 20. A man called animal control after seeing a large iguana walking slowly in the middle of the street. An officer picked up the animal, which was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact from an owner.

2 Pit Bulls in Gruesome Fight

PENN ST. NE., 1200 block, Oct. 22. A witness reported that two pit bulls were fighting each other in their yard. The Humane Society called the dogs' owners, who said the animals had been fighting but were fine. An officer investigated and found one pit bull barely alive in a pool of blood at the bottom of a stairwell. It was euthanized at the scene. Another pit bull was found trembling on a front porch, with many bite wounds on its face and head. It was treated at an animal hospital and returned to its owners, who paid the veterinary bill. They said that the dogs -- both unneutered males -- had been fighting regularly. The society urged the owners to have the surviving dog neutered, but they reportedly refused. The society told the residents, who have another pit bull that was not involved in the fight, to prevent their pets from attacking each other.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS