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.

Water Led to Horse

UNION ST. N., 1 to 100 block, Aug. 14. An animal control officer advised a carriage driver that the carriage's horse appeared to be under stress because of the heat. The driver immediately took the animal some water.

Lost Lab Returned

DUKE ST., 4600 block, Aug. 14. Animal control found a stray black Labrador and took it to the shelter, where it proved to be a match with a lost-dog report. The pet was returned to its home.

Bird Freed From Fireplace

RANDOLPH AVE., 100 block, Aug. 16. Animal control netted a bird that could not seem to find its way out of a fireplace. The uninjured bird was sent back outdoors.

Arlington

The following were 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.

Unleashed Pet Killed by Car

HAYES ST. S., 1100 block, Aug. 8. Police called animal control to retrieve the body of a dog hit by a car. The unleashed pet had darted into traffic when it saw dogs on leashes across the street from its home. Police involvement was required because of damage to the car.

Cockatiel Recovering

ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, Aug. 8. A woman took a stray cockatiel to the shelter. The bird appeared to be in distress and had a string wrapped around one foot. A veterinarian determined that the string had been there for a long time and performed an amputation. The bird is recovering well and is available for adoption.

Raccoon Slows Pipe Repair

GLEBE RD. S., 3400 block, Aug. 10. A water treatment worker repairing a sewer line found a raccoon trapped in a pipe valve area. An animal control officer netted the uninjured adult raccoon and released it in the woods nearby.

Arlington's Leash Law

Animal control officials have issued a reminder that Arlington County's leash law mandates that "All dogs shall be kept secured by leash or lead, under the control of the owner or other responsible person, or within the real property limits of its owners. Nothing in this section of the County Code nor in any other section shall be deemed to make unlawful exercising of dogs not upon a leash in areas of the county specifically designed for such exercising."

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS