Alexandria

The following were among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the city animal shelter and provides animal control services to Alexandria. The shelter is open from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-838-4774. The league's Web site is www.alexandriaanimals.org.

Opossum in Stairwell

MONACAN ST., 2700 block, Nov. 23. Animal control was dispatched to pick up an opossum found in a stairwell of a residential building. The animal was released in a wooded area.

Dead Deer in Yard

BRENMAN PARK DR., 4600 block, Nov. 25. Animal control picked up a dead deer found wedged between bamboo stalks in a back yard. The body was taken to the city shelter for disposal.

Arlington

The following was among cases handled recently by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to Arlington. 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.

Raccoon Had Run of Chimney

LEE HWY., 6000 block, Nov. 27. A woman called animal control about a raccoon in her fireplace. When an officer arrived, the raccoon had climbed to the upper chimney. The officer, who said she heard more than one animal in the chimney, advised the resident to place ammonia in a pan in the fireplace to prompt the animals to leave. She said if a raccoon entered the fireplace again, the resident should trap it by closing the damper, which would make it easier for animal control to retrieve it.

The resident, who didn't try the ammonia, later called to report that a raccoon was in the fireplace again and that she had closed the damper. When an officer arrived, however, the animal had pried open the damper and climbed back up the flue. The officer helped place ammonia in the fireplace and recommended that any raccoon nests be removed from the chimney and that the chimney be capped. As the officer was leaving, she saw two raccoons emerge from the chimney.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

and SARAH MARK