These cases were 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

Raucus outside ATF building: New York Ave. NE, 100 block, May 16. A flock of ducklings was causing traffic problems by trying to cross New York Avenue between Wendy’s and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Humane Society officers later found the flock on a grassy area of the ATF building. One duckling was missing after it had fallen into a sewer. A manhole cover was removed with a winch, and the duckling was captured, cleaned and dried before joining its family, which was left swimming in a small pool in the ATF courtyard.

Owner can’t afford proper care: Rosedale St. NE, 1600 block, May 14. Responding to a call about an underweight dog, a Humane Society officer found an approximately 4-month-old thin boxer on the back porch of a residence. Its owner surrendered the dog for adoption.

A lame leader: Constitution Ave. NW, 200 block, May 15. A Humane Society officer responding to a call about ducks stuck on the roof of the Department of Labor, found a mother duck with an injured foot and 10 ducklings. The family was captured and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Alleged neglect: Madison St. NW, 500 block, May 15. A dog that was reported as neglected was found to be in fair condition by a Humane Society officer. Occupants of the home said the German shepherd mix was rarely walked and often confined in a small space and chained. A Humane Society officer met with the owner, who surrendered the dog. The dog was being evaluated for adoption.

Squirrel freed from air shaft: 14th St. NW, 6000 block, May 15. A woman called the Humane Society about a squirrel stuck in an air shaft outside a bathroom window. Unable to access it, an officer lowered a trap into the shaft from the window and asked the woman to monitor it. The next day, the woman reported that the squirrel was in the trap. An officer removed the gray juvenile squirrel and released it.

Mother duck patiently waits: Connecticut Ave. NW, 1900 block, May 16. Twelve ducklings were stuck in the sunken courtyard of a Marriott hotel and unable to get to their mother, who was in a grassy area above. A Humane Society officer captured the ducklings and reunited them with the mother.

Bird relocated: Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 1200 block, May 16. Responding to a call about a bird lying in a loading dock, a Humane Society officer found a baby sparrow in a box in the security office. Unable to locate its mother and nest, the officer took the fledgling to a rehabilitator.

Adoptable dog: New York Ave., 1200 block, Feb. 12. A 2-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix was surrendered by an owner who moved to Prince George’s County and could not keep the dog because of breed-specific legislation.

This case was handled by the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW. For information, call 202-726-2556 or go to

Dog at fault and evaluated: Evarts St. NE, 300 block, May 16. A woman relinquished a 2-year-old mixed breed to the league because it attacked and injured her cat.

Walk-in Wellness Clinic: Oglethorpe St. NW, unit block, May 14. Veterinary staff members at the league’s medical center examined more than 90 companion animals during the first Wednesday weekly clinic, where pets are evaluated to identify potential health problems. For information, go to

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus