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 or visit

Kitten Edges Out Older Cat

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, July 12. A man surrendered a year-old male cat to the D.C. Animal Shelter, saying that it did not get along with a kitten he had adopted and that he preferred the kitten. The cat was adopted.

Ferret's Odor Puts Owner Off

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, July 13. A woman surrendered a male ferret to the D.C. shelter because, she said, it had a bad odor. The ferret was transferred to an animal rescue group.

Cat Left Out in Neighborhood

CORCORAN ST. NE, 1800 block, July 15. Animal control picked up a cat and made it available for adoption at the D.C. shelter after a woman reported that neighbors who previously had housed and fed the cat had put it outdoors and stopped feeding it regularly.

Dog With Skin Trouble Sheltered

19TH ST. NE, 700 block, July 17. A Humane Society officer impounded a 12-year-old pit bull mix found lying in dirt under a house. The yard was full of debris and there was no clean water for the dog, which had skin problems. The next day, the owner called to say he no longer lived at the home where the pit bull was found but had left the animal in the care of an acquaintance. The dog was held in the custody of the society. The case was under investigation.

Chained Dog Had Fly Bites

DECATUR ST. NE, 700 block, July 17. A Humane Society officer impounded a German shepherd puppy chained in a yard. The male dog was thin and had sores from fly bites on its ears. A woman called to claim the dog, and the officer told her it is illegal to keep a dog chained in the District. The woman said dog was usually left in a cage in the basement when she went out, and she complained that the pet had a bad odor, even though she washed it. The officer said the odor could be caused by the fly wounds and explained how those could be treated. He also suggested having the dog neutered and de-wormed, to which the woman agreed.

Raccoon Leaves Surprise

CRITTENDEN ST. NW, 800 block, July 10. A man trapped a female raccoon on the roof of his home and took it to the D.C. shelter. The shelter staff released it in the wild. A week later, the man called to say that three baby raccoons had emerged from a nest under his roof. An animal control officer climbed a ladder to the roof and caught two babies but could not find the third. The officer returned the next day and caught it. The animals were transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Pit Bull Tied to Heavy Chain

IOWA AVE. NW, 4300 block, July 14. A Humane Society officer impounded a pit bull that was attached to a tow-truck chain in a backyard. There was no clean water, the yard was soiled with animal waste and the dog's ears were covered with flies. The dog was held in the custody of the society while an investigation was being conducted.

Kitten on Porch Finds Home

WEBSTER ST. NW, 1400 block, July 12. A woman called animal control about a stray kitten that had been meowing on her porch for three days. An officer took the animal to the D.C. shelter. It was adopted when no one claimed it.

Rodent Squatter in Vehicle

GOOD HOPE RD. SE, 2300 block, July 11. A woman found a rat running around in her car and called animal control. An officer shooed the frightened rodent from the car but could not catch it. Three days later, the woman called again about a rat in her vehicle, and an officer shooed it from the vehicle but did not catch it.

Terrier Taken in 2nd Chase

THIRD AND G STREETS SE, July 13. A man walking on the street saw another man unsuccessfully try to catch a female Boston terrier, then leave. The pedestrian found the dog an hour later, caught it and took it to the D.C. Animal Shelter. The dog was adopted when no one claimed it.

Dogs Available for Adoption

Humane Society dogs will be available for adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Big Bad Woof pet supply store, 117 Carroll St. NW (near the Takoma Metro station). Adoption fees range from $35 to $100. For more information, call 202-723-5730, Ext. 226.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS