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Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch


This case was handled by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the city animal shelter and provides animal control services. The shelter is open from 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays, and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. For information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-746-4774. The league’s Web site is .

Dog license is needed: Taney Ave., 5300 block, Oct. 3. An animal control officer picked up a stray dog that two juveniles had found. Despite the dog having an ID, the contact information wasn’t updated, and the dog was not identified until its owners called in search of their pet. They were told to license the dog.

Walking fundraiser for AWL and Vola Lawson Shelter: Join the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at 9 a.m. Sunday in Old Town’s Market Square for the second annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals. Walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs. To register, visit


These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, which operates the county animal shelter and provides animal control services to the county. For information or to report emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day, call 703-931-9241 or go to

Stray searches for a space: S. Columbia Pike, 5100 block, Oct. 4. An animal control officer caught a white domestic rabbit in an apartment complex parking lot and took it to the shelter.

Ssssecond floor: Arlington Cemetery Metro, Memorial Dr., unit block, Oct. 4. An officer removed a garter snake from an escalator and released it to the wild.

Infield fly: N. Quincy St., 1000 block, Oct. 1. A responding officer found a red-tailed hawk trapped inside a batting cage and released it.

Soaring through storage: N. Tuckahoe St., 3000 block, Sept. 28. An officer removed a juvenile flying squirrel in the attic of a residence.

Wayward pigeons: N. Wilson Blvd., 4200 block, Sept. 28. An officer found two baby pigeons outside their nest in a parking garage and took them to a rehabilitator for eventual release.

Drivers wish to adopt discovered cat: Reagan National Airport, S. Smith Blvd., 2400 block, Sept. 27. Animal control responded to a call from airport police about a cat stuck in the undercarriage of a car that had allegedly bitten someone while being extracted. The 8-week-old kitten was impounded as a stray and placed under a 10-day quarantine.

Chickens finally find open range: N. Barton St., 700 block, Sept. 26. A responding officer captured two chickens that were running loose in traffic. At the scene, the owners surrendered the Rhode Island Reds to the league. They were later taken to a farm.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus


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