These cases were handled by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which provides animal control services to the city. 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 .

Holy exposure risk! Bashford Lane, 1000 block, April 1. A bat had entered a residence and had physical contact with an occupant. Animal control officers captured the bat. A rabies test result was negative.

Squirrel sibling dies: Pickett St. S., 600 block, April 2. Responding to a report, animal control officers found two baby squirrels, one dead, in a vehicle’s engine. The live squirrel was transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Leash is least of cat’s issues: E. Glebe Rd., 100 block, April 2. A woman reported that as she was walking her cat on a leash, a passing dog scared the cat, causing it to bite her.

Dog abandoned in crate is rescued: Holmes Run Pkwy., 5500 block, April 2. An emergency services technician responding to a report after midnight found an abandoned dog in a dog crate on a sidewalk. The technician took the fawn-colored male pug to the shelter.

Dog bites while on a stroll: Luna Park Dr., 200 block, April 3. Two residents were walking their dogs when one of the dogs bit the other owner. A report was taken by animal control.

Stray dog resists leash: Hume Ave., 100 block, April 6. A woman called animal control about a stray black pit bull biting her after attempting to put a leash on it. The dog’s owner was located.

Biting doesn’t quit: Windsor Ave. E., 200 block, April 7. A City of Alexandria paramedic reported being bitten by a dog that was running loose in traffic after the paramedic attempted to confine it. The dog’s owner was located.


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

Use alternatives to glue to repel birds: Clarendon Blvd., 2200 block, April 3. A woman who complained about nuisance birds reported that a bird was stuck on bird repellant that her maintenance company had placed over the railings of a balcony. An animal control officer found two finches stuck to the sticky substance. The birds, which suffered extensive injuries, had to be euthanized. Maintenance was contacted about the use of the glue-based repellant.

Neighbors keep their ears to the ground: Columbus St. N., 200 block, April 4. A man reported that a neighbor’s dog had fallen into a foxhole and that he could hear its cries but not find it. After almost an hour of digging, an animal control officer and the dog’s owner pulled out the animal and covered the hole permanently.

Bomb-sniffing dog gets its turn being saved: Glebe Rd. S., 2900 block, April 5. An animal control officer impounded a stray German shepherd that was confined at a local animal hospital and took it to the shelter. An owner called to claim the dog that escaped when a maintenance crew let it out. The dog, a retired military bomb dog, had a record of saving lives through its detection work.

19th annual Walk for the Animals: Registration is open for a three-mile walk or a one-mile stroll at 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Bluemont Park, 329 N. Manchester St., Arlington County.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus