The following was among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which provides animal control services to Alexandria. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774.
Dog Found Months After Escape
SEMINARY RD., 4900 block, June 29. Animal control was called to pick up a dog that had wandered into the lobby of an apartment building after a thunderstorm. After taking it to the city shelter, an officer determined the identity of the animal's owner through a microchip ID implanted in the dog's skin. The owner, who reported the dog missing from Falls Church in January, claimed the pet at the Alexandria shelter.
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.
Man Sleeps Through 'Emergency'
SHIRLINGTON RD., 2100 block, June 25. A woman who was concerned because she had not seen a male neighbor for a while called the Arlington County Fire Department. Emergency personnel tried to enter the neighbor's home through a front door but gave up because of a barking dog. They then avoided the pet by using a ladder to enter through a second-floor window. They discovered the resident was fine and had slept through the incident.
Dog Rescued From Rock Ledge
GLEN CARLIN PARK, June 29. A jogger reported seeing a dog fall from a bridge above a trail. An animal control officer found the female Jack Russell terrier on a narrow rock ledge three to four feet below the bridge. Below the ledge was a steep drop-off. An animal control officer climbed down an embankment and onto the ledge, called to the dog and handed it to a police officer. The animal control officer contacted the owner, who came to the park to claim his dog, which was wearing a collar and tags. According to the owner, the dog escaped from home when construction workers left a gate open. The dog was reportedly not injured.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON