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

Python at the Wheel

57TH ST. NE, 600 block, Sept. 22. As a man approached his car late at night, he noticed a python's tail hanging from a wheel well. An animal control officer looked underneath the car and saw the snake in the gas tank area. The officer loosened struts to reach and capture the four-foot-long python. The animal was held at the D.C. shelter pending a missing-animal report by an owner or transfer to a rescue group.

Cat Has Extra Paw Power

14TH ST. NE, 400 block, Sept. 25. An animal control officer caught a stray cat in an alley. The animal, which has an extra clawed toe on each paw, was taken to the D.C. shelter. The tiger shorthair uses the thumb-like extra toe to snag toys and other objects, according to the shelter staff. The 8-month-old male was made available for adoption

Out-of-Favor Cat Reprieved

SOUTHERN AVE. SE, 900 block, Sept. 21. A woman asked animal control to remove her cat from her house because it was losing fur and producing too many kittens. An animal control officer went to the home and determined that the fur loss was caused by fleas. The officer gave the woman flea medication and suggested that the cat be spayed. The owner agreed to keep the animal and have it spayed by animal control.

Pup Found Dead Outdoors

PERRY ST. NE, 2400 block, Sept. 20. A Humane Society officer investigating a report about five unsupervised dogs found an adult cocker spaniel mix with three puppies in a yard. A woman who identified herself as a pet-sitter said that the dogs' owner was out of town and that she had been told to leave the pets in the basement. The woman said that seemed inhumane, so she let them outdoors. The officer took custody of the dogs that were in the yard and searched the neighborhood unsuccessfully for a fourth puppy. The next day, animal control found the puppy dead. The survivors were held in the custody of the society pending the owner's return.

Jittery Squirrel Not Insane

HUNT PL. NE, 4600 block, Sept. 21. A woman reported that there was a "deranged" squirrel in her kitchen. An animal control officer retrieved a skittish young squirrel from beneath a refrigerator and transferred it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Cat Is Spry After Surgery COLORADO AVE. NW, 4700 block, Sept. 18. A distressed woman called the D.C. shelter because her cat, which had recently undergone hip surgery, had escaped from home and climbed up a tree. An animal control officer climbed the tree and returned the cat to its owner.

Chow Left Tied in Park

MILITARY ROAD AND ROCK CREEK PARKWAY, Sept. 24. Investigating a report about a dog in Rock Creek Park, an animal control officer found a thin, dehydrated chow mix tied to a tree. The area was soiled with feces. The officer took the dog to the D.C. shelter, where it was held pending contact by an owner or adoption.

Dogs Up for Adoption

The Humane Society will show dogs and cats available for adoption from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Chateaux Animaux pet supply store, 524 Eighth St. SE. Adoption fees are $70 for cats and at least $100 for dogs. For more information, call 202-576-6013.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS