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 www.washhumane.org.

Python Catches Rays on Car

R ST. SE, 2500 block, Aug. 6. A passerby called animal control to report a very large snake sunning itself on the roof of a car. The python was taken to the D.C. shelter. The owner, who had filed a lost-pet report with the shelter, made arrangements to claim the reptile.

Cat Not 'Wild,' Just Confused

MOUNTVIEW PL. SE, 2200 block, Aug. 2. A woman told animal control that she was afraid to enter her home because a "wild animal" was stuck between her front door and a security gate. An officer discovered a neighbor's cat, which had escaped and ended up at a front door that looked similar to its owner's.

Soaked Dog Kept in Lot

MORSE ST. NE, 1200 block, Aug. 9. Investigating a report, a Humane Society officer found a male Akita mix soaked with rain, with a car as shelter, in a business's parking lot. The dog was impounded, and the owner later called the society and said he had intended to keep the dog at his business until he finished buying a house by the end of the week. After verification was made of the house purchase, the owner was allowed to claim his dog. He agreed to have it neutered.

Cat Overstays Its Welcome

COLUMBIA RD. NW, 1700 block, Aug. 6. A friendly stray cat was invited into an apartment for a plate of cat food. The animal finished eating, then refused to leave. An animal control officer caught the cat and took it to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact from an owner.

Ill Dog Chained to Playhouse

MORSE ST. NE, 1200 block, Aug. 9. A Humane Society officer found a dog chained to a playhouse in a back yard. The animal was missing patches of fur. The owner, who had two healthy dogs inside his house, said he kept the other pet outside because it was hyper. After the officer said that the dog could not be kept outdoors and that it needed to be seen by a veterinarian about its skin, the owner surrendered it to the society. The dog was euthanized. The other two dogs were taken to the shelter to be neutered.

Dragonfly Is Exotic Sight

U PL. SE, 1800 block, Aug. 1. A woman reported that a "Caribbean-colored animal with a shiny tail" had been lying on her lawn all day. An animal control officer discovered a large dragonfly, which promptly flew away.

Emaciated Chow Surrendered

DIX ST. NE, 3400 block, Aug. 9. While an animal control officer was examining a dog quarantined at home for biting someone, its owner asked to surrender another pet, an emaciated 13-year-old mixed chow chained to a porch. A Humane Society officer took the dog to a veterinarian, who said it ate ravenously. The dog was held at the society shelter pending investigation of its previous care.

Kids Report Dog Near School

IOWA AVE. NW, 4400 block, July 31. A group of children called animal control to report a frightened dog hiding in a pile of tires on a baseball field near a middle school. An officer took the male Rottweiler mix to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact from an owner.

Dog Kept Out in Hot Weather

AKRON PL. SE., 2800 block, Aug. 4. A Humane Society officer found a Weimaraner attached to a cable in a side yard of a house. The weather was almost 100 degrees, and the pet was panting heavily. It had access to a plastic doghouse in the sun and a partially shaded area under steps. There were two buckets containing water and algae. The dog was impounded when no one answered the door. The next day, relatives of the owner's called the shelter to say the owner was out of town. The dog was returned after they agreed to keep it indoors.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS