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.
Deer Jumps Over Fences
RAND PL. NE, 2400 block, June 21. A young male deer broke its antlers and was bruised when it jumped over fences behind houses. An animal control officer sedated it with a tranquilizer gun. Because the animal was not seriously injured, the officer released it in a wooded area.
Dog Blocks Police at House
BROTHERS PL. SE, 3600 block, June 25. Police attempting to check on the welfare of an elderly man could not enter his home because his 8-year-old dog threatened them. An animal control officer arrived and restrained the dog. Police then discovered the man dead in the home. The dog was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact from the man's relatives.
Caged Pit Bulls Impounded
OGLETHORPE ST. NE, 500 block, June 25. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found an aggressive pit bull caged on a back porch in 91-degree weather. When no one responded to the officer's knock at a door, the dog was impounded at the society shelter pending contact by an owner.
PARKWOOD PL. NW, 1400 block, June 27. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a 6-month-old pit bull in a backyard cage with no water. The temperature was in the 80s, and thunderstorms were predicted. When no one responded to the officer's knock at a door, the puppy was impounded. The owner called the society shelter, saying he had put the pit bull in the crate at 3:30 a.m. and was asleep when the officer arrived later in the morning. The dog was to be impounded until the owner obtained proper outdoor shelter.
Dog Tugs Leash, Injures Woman
13TH AND MONROE STREETS NW, June 20. A woman walking her neighbor's pit bull fell when the dog yanked its leash after it was startled. The woman, who suffered a head injury, was taken to a hospital, and animal control picked up the dog. The owner claimed it two days later.
Old Lab Falls on Stairs
RITTENHOUSE ST. NW, 1300 block, June 21. A man asked animal control to take his 15-year-old Labrador retriever because it could no longer stand after falling down stairs the previous evening. The dog was euthanized at the D.C. shelter.
Dalmatian's Care Investigated
15TH ST. SE, 100 block, June 19. A woman asked animal control to remove a dog from the basement apartment in her house. She said the animal's owner left town without arranging to have anyone care for it. An officer took the 5-month-old Dalmatian to the D.C. shelter. Because the dog had ear infections, it was taken to a veterinarian. The next day the dog's owner called after receiving an e-mail from her housemate about the impoundment. The owner said someone had agreed to care for the dog but had not done so. The owner claimed the dog and paid for the veterinary care after she returned to the District.
Police Break Up Dogfight
SAVANNAH PL. SE, 1300 block, June 22. A police officer noticed a group of men trying to prompt four pit pulls (including two puppies) to fight under a tent set up next to a group of apartments. The officer arrested a man on charges of dogfighting, took the puppies and confiscated plastic bags of marijuana found under the tent. The other men escaped with the other dogs. The Humane Society took the puppies, which had bite wounds, to a veterinarian. They were later taken to the D.C. shelter, where they were held pending contact by an owner.
Dogs Kept in Filthy Vacant Home
CENTRAL AVE. SE, 5400 block, June 23. After monitoring a vacant house occupied by three dogs with no food or water, the Humane Society obtained a search warrant and entered the home, which was soiled with feces and urine and had no electricity or running water. The dogs were impounded, and the owner later called the shelter to say he had been coming to the house daily to care for his pets. He said he was living in a nearby apartment while the house was being renovated. The dogs were held at the society shelter pending an investigation.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON