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

Officer Gives Up Lunch for Goose

CANAL AND POTOMAC STREETS NW, July 24. Several passersby called animal control about a goose in a canal with fishing line tangled around its leg. Officers made five unsuccessful attempts to catch the bird during a two-day period. On the third day, an officer lured the bird with a sandwich he had planned to eat for lunch. While the goose dined, the officer untangled the line and freed the animal.

Puppies Peddled in Hot Weather

SEVENTH AND C STREETS SE, July 23. Investigating a report about a man selling puppies at Eastern Market, a Humane Society officer found five thin 3- to 4-month-old dogs leashed to a fence. A man said he had brought the dogs from Maryland to the District to sell them. He refused to give his name but acknowledged that the dogs had never been to a veterinarian. When asked why there was no water for the animals in 88-degree heat, he said he had run out of it. When told that the dogs would be impounded, he began to unleash the animals and said they were the officer's "problem." As the officer rounded up the dogs, the man left in a car. The puppies were made available for adoption at the D.C. shelter.

Assaulted Owner's Dogs Taken In

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, July 18. Police took two Rhodesian Ridgebacks to the D.C. shelter. They had removed the dogs from a car after their owner had been beaten unconscious and hospitalized. The dogs were claimed by a friend of the owner the next day.

Dogs Found During Evictions

45TH PL. NE, 900 block, July 22. Tenants in a filthy home reportedly refused an eviction order and were arrested. Police asked animal control to remove a mixed-breed dog and seven puppies. An animal control officer took the dogs to the D.C. shelter, where they were held pending contact by the owner.

I ST. SE, 1200 block, July 21. Animal control was called to the scene of an apartment eviction to pick up a Pomeranian found in a small, wet, filthy cage. The dog was adopted when no one claimed it.

Rescue Group Takes Piranhas

PARK RD. NW, 600 block, July 20. A woman being evicted from a house asked animal control to pick up three fish. The two piranhas and a plecostomus were held at the D.C. shelter, and when the owner did not claim them, they were transferred to a fish rescue group.

Emaciated Dogs in Back Yard

CENTRAL AVE. NE, 4900 block, July 24. Investigating a report about two emaciated dogs behind a home, a Humane Society officer found two mixed shepherds in a back yard littered with feces and debris. One dog was attached to a chain tangled in car parts, and the other was running loose. There was a little water in a container, but the chained dog could not reach it. No one answered the door, so the dogs were held in the custody of the society pending contact from the


Caged Rabbit's Death Probed

17TH ST. NW, 2500 block, July 25. Investigating a report about a rabbit kept in a cage in a back yard, a Humane Society officer went to the home and spoke with a woman there, who said her rabbit had just died five minutes earlier. She said she had thought it was suffering from the heat and had tried pouring cold water on it. The officer was shown a small metal cage containing no food. The rabbit seemed underweight, and the woman said she had fed it lettuce, fruit and vegetables, but not rabbit food. The officer took the body for a necropsy. The case was under investigation.

Cat Intruder Hides Under Bed

23RD PL. SE, 2800 block, July 23. A cat squeezed through a hole in a window screen at a residence, then ran into a bedroom and hid under a bed. An animal control officer caught the feline and took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact by the owner or adoption.

Dogs Available for Adoption

Humane Society dogs will be made available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dogs by Day & Nite, 1724 14th St. NW, between R and S streets. Adoption fees range from $35 to $100. For more information, call 202-576-6839.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS