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 or visit www.alexandriaanimals.org.
From Rooftop to Rehab
KING ST., 600 block, Aug. 18. Animal control retrieved two ducklings stranded on the roof of a house. After a brief stay at the animal shelter, they were turned over to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Dove Nest Found
FAYETTE ST. S., 400 block, Aug. 19. An animal control officer found a baby mourning dove and placed it in a nearby nest that it seemed to find familiar.
Baby Squirrel Rescued
ALFRED ST. S., 1100 block, Aug. 22. An animal control officer found a baby squirrel next to the body of an adult female squirrel at the base of a tree. The presumed mother and child were taken to the shelter, where the adult remains were disposed of and the baby was held pending release to a rehabilitator.
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.
Trash-Bin Raccoons Rescued
GALVESTON ST., 100 block, Aug. 13. Two raccoons stuck in the bottom of a residential trash bin proved too difficult for an animal control officer to retrieve with a net. Instead, the officer dropped the net into the bin, closed the lid and drove it to Bluemont Park. After positioning the bin on its side, the officer opened the lid and watched as the dazed but unharmed young raccoons walked out slowly and then wobbled along into the woods. The officer returned the trash bin to its owner.
Pigeon Survives Assault
KENTUCKY ST. N., 2000 block, Aug. 18. A 12-year-old boy who said he had witnessed a hawk attack picked up an injured bird from the ground, put it in a box, and stayed with it until animal control arrived. The officer took the bird to the shelter, where its injuries were judged to be only minor. That same day, a wildlife driver took the bird to a rehabilitator.
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