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.
Raccoon Family Evicted
15TH ST. SE, 900 block, Nov. 6. A woman called animal control at 5:30 a.m. to report that she had left a door of her home open and a family of raccoons had walked inside. An officer caught a mother and two babies and released them into the wild.
Fur Loss Linked to Allergy
18TH ST. NW, 3300 block, Nov. 2. The Humane Society received a report about a dog with severe fur loss. Officers found a 12-year-old border collie mix missing fur and told the owners to take it to a veterinarian. The society later confirmed that the owners had had the dog examined. It was diagnosed with an allergy to ragweed, which was causing the fur loss, and given medication.
Owner Moves Dog
FAIRMONT ST. NW, 1200 block, Nov. 2. Human Society officers investigated a report about a dog in a pen behind a home under renovation. The dog's owner was reportedly checking on it twice a day. The pen was clean, but there was no food or water, and a board leaning on a fence was the only shelter. The officer filled a pot in the pen with water, but the dog immediately tipped it over. The officer then left a notice requiring the owner to contact the society. The owner called and was told to provide proper shelter and water in a spill-proof container, such as a bucket hanging on the fence.
The owner took the dog to another home, where he planned to keep it until the renovation was completed.
Pit Bull Jumps Into Vehicle
ALLISON ST. NE, 1 to 100 block, Nov. 6. A man was unloading groceries from his car when a stray pit bull jumped into it. The man closed the door and called animal control. An officer found the dog barking and lunging at the windows. The dog was taken to the D.C. shelter, where it was being held pending contact from an owner.
Rat Bites, Injures Cat
HARVARD ST. NW, 700 block, Oct. 29. A man reported that a rat bit his cat on a leg outdoors. The Humane Society referred him to a veterinarian. During a follow-up visit, an officer confirmed that the cat had been prescribed medication. The officer told the owner to always keep the cat indoors.
Cat Rescued From Roof
EATON RD. SE, 1200 block, Nov. 1. With the help of a D.C. Fire Department ladder, an animal control officer removed a cat from a roof where it had been stuck for several days. The cat was adopted when no one claimed it.
Opossum Freed From Trash Can
ELM ST. NW, 400 block, Nov. 1. A man reported that an opossum had been trapped in his trash can with bricks on the lid for three days. An officer removed the opossum and released it.
Fish Taken to Animal Shelter
ALASKA AVE. NW, 7300 block, Nov. 5. A landlady asked animal control to pick up two betta fish from a home where a tenant was being evicted. The fish were held at the animal shelter, pending a claim by their owner or adoption.
Wounded Puppy Euthanized
CHESTER ST. SE, 2300 block, Oct. 30. Investigating a report about fighting pit bulls, Humane Society officers found a 5-month-old male pit bull covered with blood at a home. The owner consented to have the puppy euthanized immediately. Two adult pit bulls, including a male with some blood on it and the puppy's mother, were uninjured. Another pit bull puppy, which belonged to a visitor, was chained in front of the home. The visitor was told to unchain his puppy. The owners of the dogs declined the society's offer to have them taken to a veterinarian for sterilization. The adult male was surrendered for euthanasia.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS