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

Cat Found in Bag on Street

FOURTH ST. NE, 2000 block, Nov. 14. Investigating a report of a cat struck by a car, an animal control officer found a cat stuck in a plastic bag in the middle of the street. The officer freed the cat, which ran away.

Pit Bull in Soiled Crate

BENNING RD. NE, 2100 block, Nov. 14. Investigating a report about a dog left in a yard, a Humane Society officer found a pit bull in a crate soiled with urine and feces. A resident of the house said the dog had been left there by an acquaintance who had not returned. The dog was held at the society shelter pending an investigation.

Duckling Dropped, Injured

NEW YORK AVE. NE, 1200 block, Nov. 15. A teacher took an injured duckling to the D.C. shelter. He said a student had dropped the bird, which had been hatched for a science project. The shelter staff determined the fowl had an injured wing. The duckling was transferred to a farm animal rescue group.

Puppy Evicted by Landlord

BLAINE ST. NE, 4200 block, Nov. 16. A woman asked animal control to remove her puppy from her apartment after the dog was discovered by the landlord, who did not allow pets. An officer took the 5-month-old female retriever mix to the D.C. shelter, where it was made available for adoption.

Aggressive -- and Hungry

LONGFELLOW ST. NW, 900 block, Nov. 14. An aggressive guard dog escaped from a car lot through a hole cut in a fence. Police lured the 90-pound German shepherd into their car with an Egg McMuffin, but then were afraid to get into the vehicle. They called the D.C. shelter, and an animal control officer caught and impounded the dog, which was claimed the next day by the owner of the guard dog company. The dog was returned after impoundment fees had been paid and animal control determined that the lot's fence had been fixed.

Dog Treated for Infection

NICHOLSON ST. NW, 1 to 100 block, Nov. 15. A 2-year-old female poodle was found on a street and taken by animal control to the D.C. shelter. The dog's face had a large abscess, which a veterinarian determined was the result of an infection that had spread from a rotten tooth. The Humane Society arranged for treatment, and the dog was later adopted.

Bird Trapped in Basement

NORTH CAROLINA AVE. SE, 700 block, Nov. 13. A thrush became stuck in a glue trap in the basement of a house. An animal control officer took the bird in the trap to the D.C. shelter, where staff members freed the thrush by using mineral oil. The bird was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Pit Bulls Trespass on Roof

DEXTER TERR. SE, 1300 block, Nov. 19. A woman asked animal control to remove two pit bulls from her roof. An officer climbed a tree to reach the roof and pushed the dogs inside through a bathroom window of the woman's home. She said the dogs belonged to a neighbor who frequently kept them on a balcony, from which they would jump onto her roof.

The officer took the dogs to the D.C. shelter, where they were expected to be claimed by their owner.

Injured Hawk in Courtyard

G ST. SW, 100 block, Nov. 17. An animal control officer picked up an injured Cooper's hawk in the courtyard of an apartment building. The bird, which had an infected wound on its chest, was transferred to a raptor rehabilitation center.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS