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.

20-Pound Tortoise in Yard

TILDEN ST. NW, 4700 block, May 31. A woman found a 20-pound tortoise in her back yard. An animal control officer took the North African tortoise to the D.C. shelter. After it was held as a stray for five days, it was transferred to a reptile rescue group.

Young Falcons in Yard

11TH ST. NE, 800 block, June 4. Two young kestrels were found in a back yard. There was no sign of their mother, so an animal control officer took the falcons to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Dog Vaccinated, Surrendered

13TH STREET AND RHODE ISLAND AVENUE NE, June 4. A man obtaining a rabies vaccination for his female Jack Russell terrier at a city vaccination clinic said he didn't want the dog because he had no time to care for it. The dog was take to the D.C. shelter, where it was made available for adoption.

Motorist's Dog Impounded

NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE. NW, 6100 block, May 31. Police detaining a Maryland motorist who was unable to show a valid driver's license asked animal control to pick up a pit bull found in the driver's car. The motorist claimed the dog from the D.C. shelter later that day.

Dog Left in Restroom With Food

MINNESOTA AND BRANCH AVENUES, June 4. A woman attending a cookout at Fort Dupont Park found a puppy and a bag of dog food in a public restroom. An officer took the 4-month-old female husky mix to the D.C. shelter, where it was held as a stray for five days, then adopted.

Stray Cat in Apartment Building

SIXTH ST. SE, 3500 block, May 30. A woman reported to animal control that a stray cat that had been wandering in her apartment building for several days was tied in a hallway with a jump-rope around its neck. An officer took the cat to the D.C. shelter. It was adopted after no one claimed it.

Cat Left Outside Vet's Office

PENNSYLVANIA AVE. SE, 2300 block, May 30. A woman called animal control because she had found a cat, which she said appeared pregnant, in a pet carrier in front of a closed veterinarian's office. An officer took the cat to the D.C. shelter, where it was determined to be a neutered male. It was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Cat Falls From Apartment

BARNABY ST. SE, 800 block, June 3. A woman called animal control after her cat fell through a hole in a window screen from her fourth-floor apartment. An officer found the cat, severely injured, under bushes beneath the window. The woman said she had no money for veterinary care and surrendered it to the shelter, where it was euthanized.

Mice Trouble Resident

KENYON ST. NW, 1600 block, June 3. A blind man told animal control that he could hear an animal in his apartment. An officer found evidence of mice under the kitchen sink. The man was told to speak to the building's management company about the problem.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS