Alexandria

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which provides animal control services to Alexandria. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774.

Opossum Stuck in Window Well

MONTICELLO BOULEVARD, Oct. 26. An opossum trapped in the bottom of a window well was rescued and released in a nearby wooded area.

Sick Bat, Injured Opossum

JOHN CARLYLE STREET, Oct. 29. Animal control received a call about a sick bat that had been hanging in the same spot for four days. An officer captured it with tongs and drove it to the city shelter. The animal was dead upon arrival.

LURAY AVENUE EAST, Oct. 29. An injured opossum was found in an alley, and animal control took it to the city shelter, where it was euthanized.

Arlington

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which provides animal control services to Arlington County. The county animal 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.

Escaped Dog on Interstate Rescued

WILSON BOULEVARD AND NORTH GLEBE ROAD, Oct. 29. Two animal control officers and a state trooper caught an escaped dog on Interstate 66. Motorists applauded when the dog was captured, unharmed, after a 1.5-mile chase.

The incident began when animal control received a call about a loose Shar-Pei mix at Wilson Boulevard and North Glebe Road. When the officers arrived, the dog had walked to Fairfax Drive. A woman then called to report that her pet -- matching the description of the runaway -- was missing. She drove to Fairfax Drive to help search. The animal was next spotted on I-66 heading toward Spout Run Parkway. The officers and the woman got into the animal control van, which was driven onto I-66, where they lost sight of the animal in traffic.

To slow traffic, the van driver and a state trooper agreed to drive slowly in two lanes with their vehicles' lights on. They found the animal again, but it would alternately stop and run as they pursued it for 1.5 miles. The dog stopped when it recognized the voice of its owner and approached the van. The woman leashed her dog and put it in the animal control vehicle.

The owner was initially informed that her dog was missing by a person painting her house.

Adoptions Split Dog Siblings

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, Oct. 15. A man who had adopted two 51/2-year-old yellow Lab siblings after their owner died surrendered them to animal control because his son became allergic to them. One was adopted by a family Nov. 1, and the other was taken by another family the next day. The families exchanged information to possibly get together for play dates for their pets.

Shelter Open for Business

Those who have visited the Arlington shelter recently may have noticed that construction of a nearby county building has resulted in the temporary closure of the shelter's front entrance. There are signs pointing to the shelter's temporary entrance. Residents are asked to continue to visit the shelter, which is providing all of its services.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS