The Animal Watch column in the Sept. 1 District Extra included information about a Humane Society dog-adoption event scheduled for tomorrow at Dogs by Day & Nite. The event has been canceled. (Published 9/2/2005)
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.
Snake-Sitter Lets It Slide
OTIS ST. NE, 1900 block, Aug. 15. A woman who found a snake in her house called the D.C. Animal Shelter and demanded that it be removed immediately because her son was "highly allergic" to reptiles. An officer retrieved a boa constrictor, which was later claimed at the shelter by its owner, who said that the boa had escaped from its snake-sitter -- a neighbor of the woman who found it.
THIRD ST. NE, 600 block, Aug. 15. Responding to a call about an abandoned and neglected dog in the back yard of a house, a Humane Society officer found a Pomeranian. Residents of the house said the dog belonged to a man who rented the basement and had not been seen in three weeks. Pending contact from the owner, the animal was being held at the shelter.
DIX ST. NE, 4200 block, Aug. 15. A woman told animal control that she wanted to replace her pet, a 5-year-old schnauzer, with a pit bull. The dog was brought to the shelter and soon had been adopted.
Cat Homeless No More
I ST. NE, 2100 block, Aug. 17. A woman called the D.C. Animal Shelter to say that she was moving to a homeless shelter that would not accept her cat. She asked that her pet be made available for adoption, and it was soon adopted.
Snake Loses Food Fight
K ST. NW, 1 to 100 block, Aug. 15. The D.C. Animal Shelter received an early morning call from a woman who had tried to feed her pet king snake a domesticated rat she had purchased for food. Put in the snake's cage, the rat prevailed, injuring the reptile's tail. The responding animal control officer recommended that the snake see a veterinarian and took the rodent to the shelter. It was transferred to a small-animal rescue group.
A Terrier's Troubles
MONTAGUE ST. NW, 1600 block, Aug. 15. A small terrier was hit by a car. A witness to the accident recognized the animal and knew that its owners were out of the country. The veterinarian he called said that he had seen the dog as a patient and would care for it if it were brought in to the office. An animal control officer took the injured dog to the veterinarian. No report on the animal's health or its residential status has been made.
CONGRESS ST. SE, 700 block, Aug. 15. A woman who had been feeding a stray cat for about a week asked animal control to remove it from her yard. The cat was infested with fleas, and she reported that it had killed a lot of birds during its stay. An officer took the cat to the shelter, where it was treated for fleas, then adopted.
Have Rosary, Will Travel
FOURTH ST. SE, 4200 block, Aug. 15. An animal control officer picked up a stray mixed cocker spaniel that been found running loose with a rosary around its neck. The dog was adopted after no owner stepped forward.
Evicted Pets Impounded
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AVE. SE, 4300 block, Aug. 17. U.S. marshals executing an eviction from an apartment found 11 goldfish, a cichlid and an iguana in the midst of tenant belongings and called the D.C. Animal Shelter. An officer took the group to the shelter, where it was being held pending contact by the owner or transfer to rescue groups.
Return of the Pit Bull
GALVESTON ST. SW, 1 to 100 block, Aug. 18. A woman reported to the Washington Humane Society that she had taken back a pit bull she had given to a man in her neighborhood. She said it had what looked like "fight wounds" on its head and neck. A Humane Society officer picked up the dog and took it to a veterinarian, then returned it to its original owner after treatment. The woman reported that the man who had had the dog briefly insisted that the dog had been fighting with his pet, another pit bull, but that he did not intentionally encourage them to fight.
Humane Society dogs will be made available for adoption from 1 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