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.
Bird Crashes Against Window
NEWTON PL. NW, 400 block, Oct. 29. Animal control received a report about a woodcock sitting on a sidewalk unable to fly. An animal control officer determined that the bird had crashed against a window and was stunned. The bird was held at the city shelter pending transfer to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Bat Found in Crib
FOOTE ST. NE, 4500 block, Oct. 25. A man called animal control after finding a bat crawling in his child's crib. An officer removed the animal, which was sent to a lab for rabies testing. Information about the result was unavailable.
Chained Shih Tzu Impounded
QUINCY PL. NE, 1 to 100 block, Oct. 27. Investigating a report, Humane Society officers found a chained, matted Shih Tzu underneath a back porch in a filthy yard. The officers left a notice requiring that the owner immediately provide proper shelter, unchain the dog and groom it. The officers returned the next day and impounded the dog after no improvements were made. Arrangements were made for the dog to be groomed. The case was under investigation.
Arrest in Gerbils' Deaths
THIRD ST. NE, 1700 block, Nov. 2. A woman was arrested and charged with failing to properly care for 17 gerbils found dead in her home. In August, she had requested that the Humane Society remove dying gerbils from her house. An officer was shown two 10-gallon aquariums containing the decomposing gerbils. In addition, cat litter, dirt, maggots, sunflower seed shells and chicken bones were found in the tanks.
Uninvited Raccoon on Bed
SEVENTH ST. NE, 1100 block, Oct. 26. A man found a large raccoon sitting in the middle of his bed and called animal control. An officer caught the raccoon and released it outdoors.
Cat Invades Houses
PERRY PL. NW, 1300 block, Oct. 29. Animal control received a call about a cat that was running into several houses, looking around, then running out. An officer picked up the cat and took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact from an owner.
Dogs in Filthy Garage Impounded
FIRST ST. NW, 2000 block, Oct. 29. Humane society officers executed a search warrant after receiving a report about two dogs living in dirty conditions. The officers found a Doberman pinscher and a shepherd mix in a filthy pen attached to a garage. The dogs had access to the garage through a dog door. There was no food or water, and the shepherd mix had a skin condition and was missing some fur. The owner reportedly came by once a week to care for the animals but had not been seen recently. A notice was posted on the property, and the dogs were held at the society shelter.
Dog Owner Guilty of Cruelty
13TH ST. SE, 4000 block, Oct. 29. A woman was found guilty of cruelty to animals in D.C. Superior Court after allowing a harness to become painfully embedded in her dog's body. Sentencing was pending.
In March, she surrendered the small dog to the Humane Society because, she said, it was not housebroken. An officer discovered injuries from the harness while examining the dog. A month later, the society obtained a warrant for the owner's arrest.
The dog was adopted after recovering.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS