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D.C. Animal Watch

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

Dog in hot car: 14th St. NW, 1300 block, June 17. A Humane Society officer rescued a dog from a vehicle after it was found confined in extreme temperatures.

Cat’s reservation declined: H St. NW, 1300 block, June 17. A Humane Society officer, with the help of patrons, caught a kitten that was running around in an outdoor beer garden. The 5-week-old domestic shorthair was taken to the shelter.

Dog’s owner sick: Brandywine St. SE, 400 block, June 19. A Humane Society officer found a dog abandoned in a yard and discovered that its owner was hospitalized. The owner surrendered the chow mix.

Finally, itch relief: Southern Ave. SE, 900 block, June 20. A pit bull with hair loss and constantly scratching was surrendered to the Humane Society after its skin condition was not treated for years.

Not a package deal: 31st St. SE, 800 block, June 22. A pit bull was rescued from a yard after being found with industrial tape on its head and ears. An owner explained that the dog had an ear injury, but the Humane Society officer discovered that the animal was suffering from fly bites. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Trapped in a pillar: 18th St. NW, 1300 block, June 24. A Humane Society officer removed a sparrow that was stuck in a fireplace of an apartment and released it outdoors.

Nesting on flowers: L St. NW, 1800 block, June 24. A Humane Society officer removed a sparrow fledgling from a flower box. After determining that the mother bird or nest could not be found, the bird was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Bird boxed in: E St. NW, 600 block, June 24. A Humane Society officer picked up a starling fledgling that a security guard had caught in a box and took it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Adoptable pet: New York Ave. NE, 1200 block, May 28. The Humane Society rescued a 74-pound, 8-year-old Rottweiler mix when it was found living in unsanitary conditions.

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: Delafield St. NE, 800 block, June 18. A man relinquished a 4-year-old cat to the league because he was relocating and could not take the cat with him. The cat was evaluated.

Allergy issue: 32nd St. NW, 5800 block, June 19. A man relinquished two 5-year-old cats to the league because he was allergic to them. Both cats were evaluated.

Food intake monitored: Eighth St. NW, 5400 block, June 21. A woman took a 9-year-old mastiff to the league’s medical center because the dog had been losing weight for two months. The dog was diagnosed with diabetes and lack of gastrointestinal motility.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus


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