These 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 at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For more information or assistance, 24 hours a day, call 202-723-5730 or visit

Gull Rescued From Tidal BasinEAST BASIN DR. SW, 700 block, Feb. 5. Investigating a report, an animal control officer found a sea gull stuck in the frozen water of the Tidal Basin. With the help of the D.C. fire department, the officer walked on the ice, using a rope attached to the shore for security, and caught the bird. The gull was kept at the D.C. shelter for one day, then transferred to Second Chance Bird Rescue in Gaithersburg for recovery.

Dead Dog Taken to ShelterPIERCE ST. NW, 100 block, Feb. 13. A man took the emaciated body of a black-and-white pit bull mix to the D.C. shelter and said that he had discovered his pet dead in his back yard. The animal was wearing a makeshift chain collar with jagged metal wires poking from it. A Humane Society officer then went to the man's home, and when no one answered the door, left a notice asking the occupant to call the society. The officer looked at the back yard and saw a cable or chain that had been used to tie the dog and a plastic doghouse that was cracked and had holes in the roof. The case was under investigation pending necropsy results.

Lab Puppies in Filthy YardCORCORAN ST. NW, 1300 block, Feb. 10. Investigating a call, a Humane Society officer found three black Labrador puppies in a home's back yard with no shelter. The yard was soiled with feces and trash, and a car was parked there, leaving little room for the dogs. The officer left a notice and impounded the animals. The owner later contacted the society and said he would improve the puppies' living conditions. The society planned to return the pets after the owner arranged for proper shelter, cleaned the yard and provided adequate space. Cat With Injured Tail Surrendered21ST ST. NE, 700 block, Feb. 10. A woman called the D.C. shelter and said she wanted to surrender her injured cat. An animal control officer went to her home and found a 5-month-old brown tabby with a bandage wrapped around its tail. The owner said the animal had chewed its tail off several weeks earlier and her husband had put the animal outside. The cat returned to the house bleeding, and the woman wrapped the tail and contacted the shelter. The officer took the cat to a veterinary hospital. The cat was later euthanized because of blood loss and the severity of its injury. The cat's previous care was under investigation.

Cat Roams in Chilly OutdoorsBENNING RD. SE, 4700 block, Feb. 6. Investigating a report, an animal control officer caught a cat found roaming outside an apartment building in freezing temperatures. The male was taken to the D.C. shelter and made available for adoption. Animals Available for AdoptionThe Humane Society will show dogs and cats available for adoption with the society's mobile adoption unit from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at South Alexandria PetSmart, 7690 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Big Bad Woof, 117 Carroll St. NW. Adoption fees for cats range from $35 to $80; for dogs, $35 to $100. For more information, call 202-723-5730, Ext. 208.

The following were among cases handled recently by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For more information, call 202-726-2556 or visit

Owner Doesn't Bond With PuppyBALTIMORE ANIMAL CONTROL, Stockholm St., 300 block, Feb. 8. A woman surrendered a 10-week-old puppy to Baltimore animal control after owning it for two days. She said the dog was not affectionate and "cried a lot." The dog was taken to the league's D.C. shelter, where it was made available for adoption. League Treats Dog's PawPRINCE GEORGE'S ANIMAL CONTROL,Forestville, Darcy Rd., 8300 block, Feb. 9. Washington league staff picked up a 2-year-old female chow mix from Prince George's animal control after the dog was found in the county dragging its right front paw. The dog's owners were contacted, and they said the pet had lived outside and had been struck by a car several months earlier. The owners reportedly never attempted to claim the dog from the county shelter. The dog's paw was being treated at the Washington league before the animal was to be made available for adoption.

Eastern Md. Dogs Taken to D.C.HUMANE SOCIETY OF CAROLINE COUNTY,Ridgely, Bell Street West, 400 block, Feb. 14. The Humane Society of Caroline County impounded three 9-week-old German shepherd mixes found along a highway eating the carcass of a deer. The agency also impounded a mother dog with eight puppies after they were found in a frozen yard with inadequate shelter. All of the dogs were taken to the Washington league and were being evaluated for adoption. Shelter Needs Used TowelsThe Washington league needs used blankets and towels for shelter animals. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 202-726-2556.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS