The following cases were handled recently by the Washington Humane Society. The society operates a shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW and the District's shelter at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call 202-723-5730.
Man Tries to Save Bird
C&O CANAL NW, July 1. A man saw a pigeon that appeared to be drowning in the canal, and then he stripped down to his underwear and jumped into the water to save it. The pigeon, which appeared uninjured, was taken to the D.C. shelter for observation.
Chicken Experiment Ends
T ST. NW, 3500 block, June 27. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a young female chicken kept in a plastic container in 90-degree weather in the back yard of a house. There was corn and water in the cracked, high-temperature container. No one appeared to be home, so the fowl was impounded. A man later told the society the chicken was raised by a young relative for a school experiment, during which eggs were kept in an incubator until they hatched. He said that he had not realized the risks of keeping the chicken in a plastic container and that the bird had been escaping from its wire cage. When he was told it is illegal to keep chickens in the District, he said he would take it to New York, where he lives. He claimed the bird at the shelter and was given an airline crate in which to transport it.
Snake, Hamster Are Confiscated
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AVE. SW, 4300 block, June 27. Animal control officers, assisting U.S. marshals with an eviction, removed a hamster found in a filthy cage, six fish found in a filthy tank and a rat snake (a native species illegal to keep as a pet) from an apartment. After no pet owner called animal control, the fish and hamster were transferred to rescue groups for adoption, and the snake was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Owner Resists Removing Dog
PENNSYLVANIA AVE., SE, 600 block, July 4. Investigating a report, a Human Society officer found a puppy panting heavily in a small crate in a sport utility vehicle. One window was open a little, and the temperature inside the vehicle was high. The officer was preparing to remove the German shorthair pointer when a man approached and said a female acquaintance owned the animal.
The acquaintance then arrived, and the officer advised her of the health risks of leaving a dog in a vehicle. The woman said that she shows dogs and that leaving dogs in vehicles was normal in South Carolina, where she was from. The officer said she could not leave the dog in the vehicle in the District. She agreed to take it to a friend's house in Virginia instead of keeping it in the vehicle, then left with her
Cat Flees New Apartment
LIVINGSTON RD. SE, 4300 block, July 1. An animal control officer climbed onto the roof of an apartment building to retrieve a cat. According to witnesses, the animal had recently moved to the neighborhood with its owner and escaped through an open window before climbing onto the roof, where it sat for two days. The female cat was held at the D.C. shelter pending contact from the owner.
Parakeet Perches on Balcony
K ST. NW, 3000 block, July 1. Diners called animal control to report a parakeet sitting on the balcony of a restaurant. An officer took the male bird to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact from an owner.
Rabbits in Filthy Cage on Porch
RHODE ISLAND AVE. NW, 2600 block, July 5. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found two rabbits in a cage on a porch of a house. The cage was soiled with urine and feces and was too small for the animals, which had overgrown nails. A man at the house said the rabbits were living outside while the house was being worked on. He showed the officer an exercise pen for the pets in the back yard. The officer impounded the rabbits and told the man he must provide a larger cage and outdoor shelter. The rabbits were held at the society shelter.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON