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.

Dogs Freed From Balcony

EDSON PL. NE, 4200 block, July 8. A Humane Society officer removed two dogs from a balcony of a residence where they had reportedly been left during an overnight rainstorm. The dogs were held by the society pending contact by an owner.

Man Pleads Guilty to Cruelty

INDIANA AVE. NW, 500 block, July 8. A man who pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals for beating a puppy with a pipe and failing to provide veterinary care for another dog was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court to two concurrent 180-day terms in jail, all suspended. The man was put on unsupervised probation for a year, ordered to do 80 hours of community service, pay the Humane Society for the animals' medical care and $100 in fines. The judge also prohibited him from owning dogs or caring for other people's.

Baby Raccoon Found Alone

32ND ST. NW, 5300 block, July 8. A woman found a baby raccoon alone in the rain, put it in her car for safekeeping and called animal control. An officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter. It was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Dog Refuses to Leave Porch

WARDER ST. NW, 3400 block, July 4. Police called animal control to report that a stray dog was on the front porch of a residence and would not leave. An animal control officer took the 10-month-old male shepherd mix to the D.C. shelter, where it was claimed by its owner.

Bird Impounded After Fire

20TH ST. NW, 500 block, July 5. The management of a building asked animal control to pick up a parakeet whose owner was hospitalized after the owner's apartment had burned. The patient was released from the hospital the next day and claimed the bird at the D.C. shelter.

Tenant Evicted; Guinea Pig Found SOUTHERN AVE. SE, 2500 block, July 5. A guinea pig was found in an apartment after a tenant was evicted. An animal control officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter, and it was transferred to a guinea pig rescue group when no one claimed it.

Dogs Without Proper Shelter

MADISON ST. NW, 400 block, July 5. Humane Society officers impounded three Rottweilers found in the back yard of a residence with no shelter or water. The yard was soiled with dog feces, and there were flies. Two dogs were underweight and had eye infections and skin problems caused by fleas. A man called the society and said his son usually cared for them but was out of town. Several days later, the son called and was told that medical care and proper shelter would be required before the dogs would be returned. He said he would try to fulfill those requirements.

FLORIDA AVE. NW, 800 block, July 7. A Humane Society officer impounded a pit bull found in the back yard of a residence with no food or proper shelter. A woman at the location said the dog belonged to her uncle, who was out of the country. She was supposed to be caring for the dog but was afraid of it and would not enter the yard. The dog was held by the society pending contact by the owner and arrangements for proper care.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS