The following were among cases handled 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.
2 Dogs Left in Car 5 Hours
INDEPENDENCE AVENUE AND 12TH STREET SW, May 29. A woman who had been periodically watching the Rolling Thunder motorcycle parade called the Humane Society on a cell phone to report that two dogs had been confined in a car for five hours, since 7 a.m. A society officer waited 45 minutes for the parade to pass before he could cross a street to reach the vehicle. He found that a police officer had removed a small dog from the car and had left the doors open so that a larger dog could cool off. Both dogs were impounded. Their owner, a Virginia man who had come to the District to watch the parade, claimed the pets the next day after being advised of the risk of heat stroke for animals left in vehicles.
Snake Drawn to Radiator
ISHERWOOD ST. NE, 1500 block, May 24. A woman found a snake curled in a radiator in her house. After an animal control officer removed it, a housemate of the woman's said the snake was his pet. The next day, the man called animal control and said that the snake had slithered back to the radiator and that he wanted to surrender it. He said a friend had caught it in a yard and given it to him a few days earlier. The reptile was taken to the D.C. shelter, where it was identified as a juvenile black rat snake. It was released to the wild.
Raccoons on Roof
BRENTWOOD RD. NE, 2600 block, May 28. A woman called animal control and said raccoons were "eating through" her ceiling. An animal control officer found several raccoons sitting on a porch roof. Because the animals were healthy, outside and posed no threat, the officer did not capture them. Raccoons can be found throughout the city, according to animal control.
Old Keeshond Euthanized
S ST. NW, unit block, May 22. A man asked animal control to remove his old, sick dog from his home. An officer found a weak 13-year-old keeshond on the man's porch. The dog had been outside during a thunderstorm, and its fur was wet and matted. It was euthanized at the D.C. shelter.
Deer Freed From Soccer Net
FOXHALL RD. NW, 2300 block, May 23. An animal control officer used a dart gun to sedate a deer stuck in a soccer net at a school. The officer freed the animal and released it to the wild.
Turtle in Capitol Hill Yard
SOUTH CAROLINA AVE. SE, 1000 block, May 22. A Capitol Hill area man found a box turtle in his yard, took it inside and called animal control. An officer released it in a wooded area.
Puppy Tangled in Chain
FIRST ST. SE, 3700 block, May 30. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a 4-month-old female beagle tangled in a chain in a back yard. The dog, unable to move more than a few inches, could not reach its water bowl. No one was at home, and it was held at the society shelter pending contact by an owner.
Old Emaciated Cat Impounded
LYNDALE PL. SE, 3100 block, May 30. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found an elderly, emaciated cat beneath a bush in front of a residence where no one was at home. The cat was friendly but seemed weak. It was taken to the society shelter, where it perked up and ate a little food. The owner called to claim the cat, saying that there was nothing wrong with it and that it shouldn't have been impounded. The pet was returned after the woman made a veterinary appointment.
Cat Adoption Hours Extended
The D.C. Animal Shelter will show cats available for adoption from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday next week. The extended hours are in addition to the regular shelter hours of noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The shelter spays or neuters and vaccinates adopted cats. Adoption fees range from $35 to $70. For more information, call 202-576-6664.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS