These were among cases handled by the Washington Humane Society, which operates its shelter at 7319 Georgia Ave. NW, and the District’s, at 1201 New York Ave. NE. For information or assistance, call 202-723-5730 or go to

Runaway dogs: 50th Pl. NE, 500 block, Dec. 6. An animal control officer caught two pit bulls that were running loose.

Owner gets feeding instructions: Third St. NE, 900 block, Dec. 4. A Humane Society officer met with the owner of an underweight pit bull. The owner said that she had only had the dog for a week and that it had weighed less when she got it. She was advised to take the animal to a veterinarian.

A familiar dog: Fifth and Van Buren streets NW, Dec. 7. An animal control officer captured a beagle that was running loose. The officer spoke to a mailman who recognized the dog and helped return it to its owner.

Rock thrower charged: Fifth St. SE, 700 block, Dec. 9. A Humane Society officer assisted D.C. police in an incident involving a person who threw a rock at a beagle while it was being walked by its owner. A suspect was arrested on animal cruelty charges.

Snake finds a home: M St. SE, 2900 block, Dec. 8. A Humane Society officer responded to a call and discovered that a ball python was left on a porch for a new owner to retrieve. Because of its size, the new owner decided not to take the reptile. The officer told a neighbor who wanted the snake about proper care and feeding.

Adoptable cat: Fourth St. SE, 4200 block, March 24. A 1-year-old cat was made available for adoption after recovering from a burn injury.

Animal holiday drive: The Humane Society is holding a holiday drive through Jan. 4. For a complete list of needed items and donation locations, visit

These cases were handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or go to

Owner moves on: Jefferson St. NW, 1200 block, Dec. 6. A woman relinquished two miniature pinschers, ages 3 and 8, and an 8-year-old cocker spaniel to the league because she had to move and couldn’t take the animals with her.

Talked out of it: I St. SW, 3500 block, Dec. 7. A woman took a 3-month-old Labrador mix to the league. She said that she had taken it from two people who were holding the dog in front of oncoming traffic.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus