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.
Dog Tries to Attend Funeral
FOURTH ST. SE, 3900 block, June 11. Police called animal control while trying to prevent a stray dog from entering a church during a funeral. An animal control officer caught the animal and took it to the city shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.
Dog's Living Conditions Improve
RHODE ISLAND AVE. NW, 600 block, May 25. A Humane Society officer noticed a mixed chow puppy chained to a tree stump in a back yard with no shelter, food or water. The officer told the dog's owner that it is illegal to keep a dog chained in the District. The woman brought her dog inside and agreed to have it vaccinated and neutered by the society. It was neutered early this month, and during a June 12 follow-up visit to the house, the dog was found in the yard with proper shelter.
Fawn Found on Sidewalk
16TH STREET AND PINEY BRANCH ROAD NW, June 9. A woman found a fawn on the sidewalk and was taking the deer home with her when she flagged down a police car and informed an officer of what she was doing. Police called animal control, which took the deer to the D.C. shelter. It was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Dog Chained to Window Bars
PARK RD. NW, 1800 block, June 7. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a pit bull chained to the window bars of a basement apartment. The animal had no food, water or shelter. No one was at home, and the dog was impounded. Three days later, the dog's owner called the society and said the dog was chained outside the day it was impounded because it was a nice day, and his yard is not fenced. The officer informed him that it is illegal to keep a dog chained in the District. The dog was held in the custody of the society pending an investigation of its living conditions.
Baby Raccoons in Porch Ceiling
MONTAGUE ST. NW, 1400 block, June 9. Workers remodeling a porch found three baby raccoons in the ceiling. The homeowner put the raccoons in a trash bag and called animal control. An officer took the animals to the D.C. shelter, and they were transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Cat Freed From Ash Bin
YORKTOWN RD. NW, 2000 block, June 15. A cat fell into an ash receptacle in the back of a fireplace and was trapped. The cat's owner called animal control, and an officer pulled the animal out with a lasso. The cat was dirty but uninjured.
Multitude of Pets Investigated
CONGRESS ST. SE, 700 block, June 9. The Humane Society received a report about 15 dogs, two kittens, birds and mice kept at a residence. An investigating officer found the animals in unremarkable condition. The pets' owner said he had found the kittens outside a liquor store three weeks earlier. One kitten had died while trying to free its head from a fence, and the other was kept in a crate on his back porch to prevent it from entering a neighbor's yard. The owner surrendered the surviving kitten for adoption. Most of the dogs were poodles, and the officer offered to help arrange an appointment to have them groomed.
Police Rescue Puppy From Traffic
17TH AND EAST CAPITAL STREETS SE, June 10. Police who saw a vehicle almost strike a border collie puppy mix took the dog to the D.C. shelter. The thin, friendly animal was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.
Available for Adoption
Humane Society cats and dogs will be available for adoption from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Metro Pet Shop, 4220 Fessenden St. NW, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Big Bad Woof, 117 Carroll St. NW. Adoption fees for cats are $70; dogs, $100.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS