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.
Woman Convicted of Cruelty
INDIANA AVE. NW., 500 block, Aug. 5. After being convicted on two counts of cruelty to animals, a woman was sentenced to 12 days in jail.
The court action concluded a case that began in July 2004 when the woman was ordered to surrender two dogs, one of which was found barely alive and chained in a window well. That dog was euthanized, and the woman was charged with three counts of cruelty, including one count for a second dog in her custody that had untreated injuries.
Although acquitted of the count regarding the second dog, the woman was sentenced to 180 days for each of the first two counts. A Superior Court judge suspended all but 12 days of the sentence, which the woman will serve on weekends. She was also given two years' probation, fined $100 and ordered to maintain full-time employment and get counseling. She is not to own any animals during the probationary period.
Hanging Chicken Wasn't Real
MACARTHUR BLVD., 3700 block, Aug. 11. Responding to a call from police about a live chicken hanging from a light post, an animal control officer found a plastic chicken, pasted over with feathers and tied to a post. It was taken to the District shelter for disposal.
Heatstroke Claims Dog, 18
34TH ST. NE, 200 block, Aug. 14. A Humane Society officer investigating a complaint found an 18-year-old German shepherd in a yard, panting heavily in the 100-degree heat, unresponsive and unable to get up. A neighbor said that the normally active dog had stumbled and fallen. A woman emerged from the house said the animal belonged to her son. She had let it outside, and when she saw it lying down, had tried to get it to go back inside. She also had doused the dog with water and called her son. When the son arrived, the officer explained that the animal appeared to be suffering from severe heatstroke. It was taken to the Humane Society shelter, where its temperature registered at 106 degrees, or about 5 degrees above normal. The owner agreed to allow the dog to be euthanized.
Dogfight Manager Punished
INDIANA AVE. NW., 500 block, Aug. 15. Police found a man siccing dogs on each other in front of a crowd of people. The man admitted to staging dogfights and was fined $200 and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Saying that the man might have come from a culture in which dogfights were socially acceptable, the judge suspended the sentence but placed the man on 12 months' probation and ordered him to perform 80 hours of community service.
Akita Left Behind in Move
SIXTH ST. SE, 4600 block, Aug. 8. A home buyer called animal control to report that a dog had been left in a pen in the back yard by the previous resident. A notice was left for the previous resident in case he returned, and the dog, a friendly Akita, was taken to the District shelter, where it was being held pending contact from the owner.
Groundhog Rescued From Rush
NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1400 block, Aug. 9. Responding to several calls from commuters, animal control retrieved a groundhog making a determined attempt to cross the road during the evening rush. The groundhog was examined at the District shelter and found to be suffering only a few scrapes on its face. It was held overnight for observation and released in a nearby wooded area the next morning.
Reluctant Caretaker Seeks Help
KEEFER PL. NW, 600 block, Aug. 12. A woman asked animal control to remove her son's pit bull from her back yard. She explained that her son lives in a nearby city and that she is afraid of the dog and reluctant to get close enough to feed it. The animal was taken to the District shelter, where it was held pending contact from the son.
Owners Tire of Terrier
25TH ST. SE, 3400 block, Aug. 13. Animal control was asked to pick up a dog whose owners had grown weary of it. The Jack Russell terrier mix was made available for adoption at the District shelter.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS