Alexandria

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which provides animal control services to the city. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774.

Lost Dog Found Through ID

DUKE ST., 5200 block, July 20. Animal control picked up a red shepherd mix that was running loose. The dog was taken to the city shelter, where it was identified through its microchip ID. The animal was reunited with its owner.

Stray Terrier Impounded

MOSS PL., 4000 block, July 13. Animal control picked up a Boston terrier that had been running loose in a neighborhood for more than a week. The owner discovered the dog was at the shelter after calling animal control to provide a lost pet report. The owner was advised of the leash law and the benefits of ID tags.

Arlington

The following was 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.

Raccoon Dumped With Trash

BARTON ST. S., 1200 block, July 20. A raccoon fell into a garbage truck when workers emptied a trash can in which the animal was hiding. An animal control officer netted the raccoon, which appeared to be unharmed, and released it in a nearby wooded area. Animal control recommends keeping wildlife away by placing ammonia-soaked rags in trash cans or sprinkling red pepper on the trash bag. Animal control also recommends securing lids with bungee cords or placing a large rock on top of the lid. Trash should be put in tied plastic bags, according to animal control.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS