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.
Injured Stray Dog
KENMORE AVE., 4700 block, Sept. 8. Investigating a report, animal control unsuccessfully searched for a small injured dog near Seminary Road and North Van Dorn Street. After receiving a similar report the next morning, an officer went to the location and caught a 4-month-old Shiba Inu with an injured leg and took it to an animal hospital, where the limb was amputated. The dog was held as a stray at the shelter, where it was recuperating.
Bat Removed From Home
PITT ST. N., 1100 block, Sept. 5. A woman called animal control to report a bird in her home. An officer found a bat, netted it and released it outdoors.
Pit Bull Left in Alley
ALFRED ST. N., 800 block, Sept. 6. Animal control picked up a pit bull that had been left tied in an alley overnight. The black-and-white dog was held as a stray at the city shelter.
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.
Kittens in Truck's Lift Bucket
ARLINGTON MILL DR. S., 2600 block, Sept. 12. A man found four newborn kittens in the lift bucket of his electric company truck. He took two to the county shelter, and a co-worker took the other two home. Shelter staff members told the man that the kittens were sick and needed to be bottle-fed each hour or two until they were old enough to be weaned. An officer called the co-worker, who agreed to surrender the other two. Animal control took the four animals to a veterinarian, who fed them and treated them for eye infections. They were then given to a foster caretaker, who will keep them until they are old enough to be made available for adoption.
Injured Hawk in Driveway
IRVING ST. N., 3100 block, Sept. 12. A construction worker called animal control to report a distressed hawk in a driveway. An officer found a dazed Cooper's hawk with a wounded wing and beak. The injuries might have been caused by the bird crashing into a window. Wearing gloves, the officer placed the hawk in a carrier and took it to the county shelter. It was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Foster Caretakers Sought
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington seeks foster caretakers for pregnant cats as well as for kittens and puppies too young to be cared for at the county shelter. Caretakers, who must be at least 18, feed, train and socialize the animals, which stay with their foster families for a few days to several weeks. The league pays for veterinary care and provides food and other supplies. For more information, call 703-931-9241, Ext. 200, or visit www.awla.org.
-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS