The following cases were 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 information, call 202-723-5730.

Motorist Rescues Cattle Dog

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block. Nov. 1. A driver stopped his vehicle when he saw an Australian cattle dog running alongside Route 50 near Maryland. When he called to the 3-month-old female, it came to him eagerly. He took the dog to the D.C. shelter, where it was made available for adoption.

Hermit Crab Confuses Woman

14TH ST. NW, 3500 block, Oct. 27. A woman asked animal control to remove a pet hermit crab from her apartment because she said she didn't know what to do with it. The crab was taken to the D.C. shelter and adopted.

Pit Bull Threatens Car Occupants

FARADY PL. NE, 700 block, Oct. 24. A woman using a cell phone called animal control to report that she and her daughter were afraid to get out of their vehicle because of a threatening pit bull. She said the dog's owners had unsuccessfully tried to catch their pet, then left. An animal control officer retrieved the dog, and its owners claimed it at the D.C. shelter after paying impoundment fees.

Home Buyer Unloads Goldfish

16TH ST. NW, 1800 block, Oct. 27. A man asked animal control to remove three goldfish from an ornamental pond in the back yard of a house he had just bought. He said he was planning to fill the pond with dirt. An officer took the fish to the shelter, and they were adopted.

Neighbor Tired of Dog's Visits

MONROE ST. NE, 3100 block, Oct. 26. A man took a neighbor's 2-year-old male German shepherd mix to the D.C. shelter. It was the third time he had taken the animal to the shelter after finding it on his property. During the third incident, he said, he decided to keep the animal, then changed his mind after it started "eating everything in sight." The dog was returned to its owner, who was warned to keep it at home.

Man, Dalmatian Living in Vehicle

56TH ST. NE, 200 block, Oct. 27. Police arrested a man living in a vehicle with a Dalmatian and called animal control, which took the dog to the D.C. shelter. The dog's rabies tag was used to determine the identity of its owner, an elderly woman related to the arrested man. She said she had given her pet to the man to care for it while she recovered from surgery. Another relative claimed the Dalmatian at the shelter.

Tale of Eggs and a Dog

13TH ST. NW, 3500 block, Oct. 31. A police officer asked the Humane Society to check on a dog in an apartment. The officer had been called to the site to investigate a report of eggs being thrown from a third-floor window of the home. After a society officer met with the police officer outside, several eggs were thrown at them.

An occupant of the apartment permitted the society officer -- but not the police officer -- to enter the home. The officer found a dog apparently in good condition. After the society officer left the home, he told the police officer he had seen many empty egg cartons in and around a trash can.

Trash Can Is Cat Family's Home

21ST ST. NE, 1100 block, Oct. 27. The Humane Society investigated a report about a man who was allowing his cat and its kittens to live in a trash can in a yard. A society officer found the felines in a can that was turned on its side, with a pillow inside and a blanket covering the opening. The cats were held at the society shelter pending contact by their owner.

Akita's Condition Investigated

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Oct. 27. A man surrendered an emaciated Akita to the D.C. shelter after reporting that it had eaten its own litter of puppies. A veterinarian determined the 53-pound dog was 27 pounds underweight and had an eye infection. The dog was held in the custody of the Humane Society pending an investigation.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS