The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which provides animal control services to the city. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774.
Shih Tzu Found at Fair
GIBBON ST., 1100 block, June 3. A woman found a stray Shih Tzu at a fair on Annapolis Road in Prince George's County and drove it to her home on Gibbon Street in Alexandria. Animal control took the gray dog to the Alexandria animal shelter, which contacted the Prince George's shelter. Prince George's animal control confirmed that it had a lost-pet report for the animal, which had escaped from its home in Landover Hills. The dog was reunited with its owner.
Opossum Released Into Woods
CAMERON MILLS RD., 2400 block, June 8. Animal control picked up a young opossum that had fallen into a window well and released it in a nearby wooded area.
The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to Arlington County. The 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.
Dog Offers Bird to Owner
ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, June 15. A German shepherd found a young bird in its water bowl and carried it in its mouth to its owner. The man brought the wet bird to the county shelter, where it appeared to be uninjured. It was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.
A Better Opossum Trap
TAYLOR ST. S., 3600 block, June 14. Residents confined a stray opossum in a closet of a basement bedroom and called animal control. An officer could not find the animal because the closet was too full of items. A trap was set, and the next day, the residents noticed that the bait had been eaten but that the opossum had not triggered the trap. The officer installed a smaller trap more sensitive to the animal's weight. The opossum was trapped later that day and released in nearby woods.
Dog Digs, Crawls Under Fence
IRVING ST. S., 800 block, June 14. A woman reported to animal control that a neighbor's Saint Bernard had dug under a fence and entered its front yard, where it sat without shelter. Neighbors secured the 4-year-old female dog with a rope and gave it food and water. An officer then left a notice for the owner and took the dog to the county shelter. The pet was returned to its owner later that day.
Animal control advises the public not to leave pets alone in a vehicle because of the risk of heat stroke for the animals. In warm weather, a car's interior can reach dangerously high temperatures, according to animal control.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS