Fairfax County

The following were among cases received recently by the Animal Control Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. For more information, call 703-246-2253.

Cat in Machine Wasn't for Sale

HERNDON AREA, Elden Street and Herndon Parkway, 8:28 a.m. Oct. 25. A caller reported a feral cat inside a vending machine at a shopping center. The cat apparently had access only to a part of the machine that was not hazardous to it, and left before an animal control officer arrived.

Boy Takes Home Stray Puppy

CENTREVILLE AREA, Stone and Braddock roads, 11:11 p.m. Oct. 23. A boy found a puppy in a box at a shopping center and took it home to his parents, who called animal control. The dog was taken to the county shelter, where it was held as a stray.

Fairfax City

The following were among cases received recently by the Animal Control Section of the Fairfax City Police Department. For more information, call 703-385-7924 or visit the Web site www.fairfaxva.gov and click on Animals under List of Services.

Stolen Puppy Returned to Owner

FAIRFAX SQ., 9800 block, Oct. 23. A woman reported a male acquaintance stole her hound mix puppy. The man claimed he was the legal owner and that the woman had neglected the puppy while it was in her care. An investigation revealed the woman was the owner and that the neglect allegations were unfounded. After a police officer spoke with the man, he took the puppy to the city shelter, where the woman later claimed it.

Injured Cat Impounded

WOODLAND DR., 4000 block, Oct. 23. A woman picked up a gray tortoiseshell cat that appeared to have been hit by a vehicle and took it to an emergency veterinary clinic. Two days later, the animal was taken to the city shelter, where it was treated for neurological problems. Animal control was seeking the identity of the cat's owner.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

and SARAH MARK