Animal Watch

Animal News in Arlington, Virginia

August 15, 2014 – 4600 block 28th Road South

Animal Control received a call from a woman who picked up a domestic bird from the roadway.  The bird managed to fly away, but was sitting quietly nearby.  An Animal Control Officer responded and observed an adult male Goldfinch, a wild bird, who when approached, flew away.  It is likely the bird was struck by a car and was stunned, but given some time to recover, was able to recuperate on its own.

August 15,2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive – The Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Animal Control received a call from a woman who found a  bird in her fireplace.  The Animal Control Dispatcher asked the caller to bring the bird in for evaluation.  The bird was found to be a nestling Chimney Swift.  The Swift was impounded for rehabilitation.  The following day, the rehabilitator reported back that the Chimney Swift, who is about 12 days old, is doing well. Chimney Swifts who fall into the fireplace can actually be tossed back up into the open flue to be reunited with their family group.  In a few weeks, the youngsters will fledge and these unique birds will begin their migration south.

August 14, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive – The Animal Welfare League of Arlington

A citizen presented a juvenile Green Heron, who was suffering from a leg injury.  The animal was impounded overnight and transferred to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center the following morning.

August 12, 2014 – 1600 block North Edison Street

Animal Control received a call at 1am from a woman who found a dog while out walking her dog, so she took it home with her and confined it. She could not hold the dog overnight, so an Animal Control Officer responded and picked up the dog for a stray holding period.  A gentleman called AWLA regarding his lost dog—his child had left a gate open.  The officer assured the caller that his dog was safe and that he could reclaim the animal at the shelter in the morning.

August 5, 2014 – 4300 block 31st Street North

Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted that there were three adult deer that appear to be confined and panicking within her 6’ fenced yard.  The Animal Control Dispatcher spoke to the caller and asked if she could open a gate to allow the deer to exit, but the caller was afraid to do so.  An Animal Control Officer responded, but by the time she arrived the deer had managed to escape the area on their own.

August 2, 2014 – 100 block North Park Drive

Animal Control received a call about a young raccoon that was alone and shivering in the backyard.  An Animal Control Officer responded and examined the raccoon, who was determined to be just a few weeks old, as the eyes were just beginning to open, but appeared otherwise healthy.   The Officer also noted an area under the shed that was likely a raccoon den.  The Officer set the baby raccoon up in an open crate near the shed, protected from the elements, with dry bedding to allow the mother raccoon an opportunity to gather her young.  The mother raccoon appeared to have found the baby and relocated him, as the following morning he was gone.  Mother raccoons have a highly developed maternal instinct and will readily move her young, provided the opportunity.

July 15, 2014 – 2400 block Smith Boulevard – Reagan National Airport

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who stated he found  a German Shepherd running at large in Rockville, Maryland while on his way to Reagan National Airport, so he picked it up and brought it with him.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the dog for a stray holding period.  During this time, both the Rockville departments of Animal Control and the Montgomery County animal shelter were contacted and reports were filed there in case an owner was looking for the dog in that jurisdiction.  No one came to claim the dog, who was adopted once the stray holding period expired.

July 22, 2014 – 2000 block 6th Street South

Animal Control received a call from a citizen whose cable repairman located a squirrel nest in her cable box.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller and suggested that she place the squirrels in a box right next to the cable box to allow the mother squirrel an opportunity to move them to an alternate den-site.  The caller was advised that if the mother did not return by nightfall, to call AWLA back.

July 18, 2014 – 2000 block South Lorton Street

Animal Control received a call from a citizen who trapped an opossum in a Have-A-Heart trap and wanted the animal removed.  An Animal Control Officer responded and educated the citizen on laws regarding relocating animals and provided the caller a number of deterrent methods.  The Officer released the opossum from the trap, as relocation is illegal.

July 18, 2014 – 2600 block South Arlington Mill Drive

Animal Control received a call at nearly 11pm that a citizen had just found a dog she suspected may have been abandoned in the Shirlington Dog Park.  The mixed breed dog was wearing a soft muzzle, a pinch collar, and was dragging a chain leash.  An Animal Control Officer impounded the dog at the shelter, where she will be held for a stray holding period.

July 12, 2014 – 1600 block North Greenbrier Street

Animal Control received a call about a squirrel covered in flies, seen running in circles.  An Animal Control Officer responded and transported the severely injured squirrel to the shelter, where it was humanely euthanized.

July 12, 2014 – 4900 block 7th Road South

Animal Control received a call from a woman who found a ferret outside and confined it.  She was unable to transport the animal to the League, so an Animal Control Officer responded and picked up the ferret, which will be held for a stray holding period to allow an owner an opportunity to claim her, after which she will be made available for adoption.

July 12, 2014 – 1900 block Columbia Pike

Animal Control received a call about a squirrel, who had climbed to the top of a partially enclosed stairwell and couldn’t make its way back out.  An Animal Control Officer responded and encouraged the squirrel back to a lower level, where it could escape.

July 11, 2014 – 800 block North Nottingham Street

Animal Control received a call about a raccoon, confined in the callers’ trashcan.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the complainant, who was advised to carefully tip the can over to allow the animal to leave.  The caller was also provided with a number of deterrent methods.

July 11, 2014 – 4200 block Lee Highway

Animal Control received a call about a newborn fawn, seen sitting in the middle of the road.  The caller had moved the fawn to a safer area, nearby.  An Animal Control Officer responded, and after talking to the complainant, discovered that the fawn had actually been picked up by the complainant over a mile away, near the Chain Bridge.  The officer consulted with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, who advised she take the fawn back to the location where it was found to allow the mother deer an opportunity to find her.  The officer delivered the fawn back to the Chain Bridge area.  A few hours later, she checked the area again and found that the mother deer appeared to have returned, nursed the baby (indicated by a large patch of recently crushed grass), and then moved on with her fawn.

July 10, 2014 – 1400 block South Barton Street

Animal Control received a call about two raccoons fighting in a laundry room of an apartment complex.  An Animal Control Officer responded, but the two raccoons had made their way back outside and were not found.  The access area to the laundry room was found and temporarily sealed.  The complainant was provided with a number of exclusion and deterrent methods.

July 8, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive – The Animal Welfare League of Arlington

A citizen presented a fledgling robin she found in a small patch of grass/shrubbery in a busy parking lot.  Concerned for the young bird, she asked staff to impound it for rehabilitation.  Shelter staff examined the fledgling and found it to be healthy and alert with no sign of injury.  The citizen agreed to return the healthy fledgling robin back to the location where it was found.

July 7, 2014 – 1200 block North Jackson Street

Animal Control received a call about an injured baby hawk, trapped deep in a window-well.  An Animal Control Officer responded and released what turned out to be a fledgling robin.

July 5, 2014 – 2400 block South Crystal Drive

Animal Control received a call about a snake confined to an interior stairwell.  An Animal Control Officer responded and relocated the juvenile black rat snake to a safe location just outside.

July 4, 2014 – 4700 block 21st Road North

Animal Control received a call that there was a bird trapped in a deep window-well.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found a healthy juvenile Mockingbird in the window-well.  The bird was removed and released.

July 4, 2014 – 5500 block South Columbia Pike

Animal Control received a call about a dog running at large.  An Animal Control Officer responded and picked up the dog, who had escaped backyard when frightened by fireworks. The dog was safely returned to his owner at the League.

July 2, 2014 – 1200 block South Fern Street

Animal Control received a call from Arlington County Police and Fire departments for assistance handling a dog in a hot car.  The Fire department removed the dog from the vehicle, which was parked in the shade, but still registered over 104 degrees within.  As the Officers were preparing to leave the scene to impound the dog for Safekeeping, the owner returned to the vehicle, carrying a number of shopping bags.  The owner of the dog was issued summons for failure to provide Minimum Requirements.  The dog, which was not injured, was returned to the owner.

June 26, 2014 – 1800 block South Bell Street

A citizen came to the League with a bird cage he had found out on the curb, containing two doves.  An Animal Control Officer examined the birds, who were determined to be wild Mourning Doves.  The officer took the birds back to the location where they were found and released them outside.

June 22, 2014 – 3200 block North Rochester Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who heard chirping coming from inside a storm drain, and noticed a fledgling blue jay inside.  An Animal Control Officer responded, and was able to reach the bird using a net.  She carefully removed the bird, which was then reunited with its parents who were watching from a distance.

June 18, 2014 – 1100 block Arlington Boulevard

Animal Control received a call about a stray parakeet, confined to an apartment.  An Animal Control Officer responded and caught the bird using a net.  The hungry and dehydrated parakeet was impounded at the shelter for a stray holding period, after which time he will be available for adoption.

June 18, 2014 – 3400 block 18th Street North

Animal Control received a call about a rat, stuck to and struggling on a glue-trap that was set outside next to a garage.  The caller was unsure how to remove or dispose of the live animal.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found that the animal stuck to the trap was not a rat, but an adult chipmunk.  The responding Officer spoke to the homeowner about the use of glue-traps and the fact that setting traps outdoors will surely result in catching wildlife – this chipmunk being an unintended target.  The chipmunk had to be euthanized due to the severity of his injuries.

June 18-19, 2014 – 2600 block 24th Road South

AWLA received a call from homeowners that had been hearing meowing coming from a wall between their home and their neighbor’s home for 24 hours. A kitten had fallen between the walls. An Animal Control Officer responded and cut holes in the drywall, but was unable to cut deep enough to reach the kitten. AWLA contacted Humane Wildlife Conflict Resolution, who cut through the layers of drywall and was able to rescue the kitten from inside the wall. The kitten was named Sunshine by the homeowner’s son.

June 17, 2014 – 3800 block 9th Street South

Animal Control received a call about a bat, confined in a home.  The complainant went outside to take the trash out, and left the door ajar; when she came back inside, she noticed the bat flying around the kitchen.  An Animal Control Officer responded within 10 minutes to find a healthy bat clinging to a venetian blind.  The Officer confirmed that the bat had not bitten anyone, and then released the bat back outside.

June 16, 2014 – 1000 block South Edison Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who was concerned about a raccoon she’s seen lounging atop her fence for about an hour.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who noted that the raccoon got up and walked away while they were talking.

June 16, 2014

Animal Control received a call about an injured baby bunny.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found an adult domestic rabbit with two babies, one of whom was deceased.  The rabbits were all transported to the shelter to be held for a stray holding period.

June 14, 2014 – 2400 block South Culpeper Street

Animal Control received a call from a homeowner who is concerned that a cat is raiding a bird house in her yard.  The caller was advised of several deterrents to make the yard less appealing to feral cats, such as using a motion-activated hose appliance (called a “Scarecrow”), placing orange peels or coffee grounds near the house, and attaching a baffle to the base of the house, which is atop a pole.

June 12, 2014 – 4700 block 34th Road North

Animal Control received a call about an injured chipmunk lying in the callers’ driveway.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found an adult chipmunk that appeared to have a pelvic injury.  The Officer consulted with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, who suggested humane euthanasia for the injured chipmunk.

 June 5, 2014 – 2500 block 9th Street South

Animal Control received a call about an opossum, confined to a lower level of a multi-level garage.  An Animal Control Officer responded to find that someone had put an overturned wheelbarrow over the opossum.  The Officer removed the healthy opossum and released it just outside.

 June 3, 2014 – 2700 block North Quincy Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who is concerned about a large black snake lounging in her yard.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller length and advised her that our local snakes provide valuable pest control, but was provided with a number of exclusionary techniques and deterrents to make her yard less appealing to the snake.  The caller was also advised that it is illegal to kill or relocate wild snakes in Virginia.

 June 2, 2014 – 2400 block South Monroe Street

Animal Control received a call from a citizen who found a kitten stuck in a window well at a property that’s for sale.  An Animal Control Officer responded, captured the kitten in a net, and transported him back to the shelter where he will be held for a stray holding period.  The kitten will spend the next few weeks in foster care getting socialized and will soon be available for adoption.

May 30, 2014 – 3400 block North Roberts Lane

Animal Control received a call about two snakes, caught in garden webbing.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found two healthy, adult Black Ratsnakes trapped in the netting.  The Officer had to take them, and the netting back to the shelter to get assistance removing the snakes.  Once freed from the netting, the snakes were returned back near the location where they were found.

May 30, 2014 – 300 block South Carlin Springs Road

Animal Control received a call about an injured adult bird, fanned out under a bird bath.  An Animal Control Officer responded, but the Mourning Dove flew away when the Officer approached.  Turns out, the healthy bird was just sunning himself.

June 1, 2014 – 1800 block South Crystal Drive

Animal Control received a call from a woman who says that a handyman had removed a bird nest with eggs inside and she wanted to know what to do with it.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller as explained that the birds are protected by Migratory Bird laws.  The caller was advised to have the handyman to replace the nest, as it is likely that the parents will return to care for the eggs within.  Once the baby birds have left the nest, it can be removed.

June 1, 2014 – 5800 block of 36th Street North

Animal Control received a call from a citizen who was concerned about seeing a fawn lying in their neighbors’ yard.  It is not uncommon for mother deer to leave their young to sit quietly during the day, so as not to attract the attention of predators.  The caller was advised that the mother deer would return at dusk to nurse the baby. The caller was also advised that if the fawn were to start following people around, crying constantly, or appears to be swarmed with flies to please call back right away.

May 26, 2014 – 1900 North Culpepper Street

Animal Control received a call that a citizen had found a baby Blue Jay, who was on the ground, but otherwise appeared to be in good health.  The caller was advised that fledgling birds spend their first few days out of the nest on the ground learning how to fly short distances.  Their parents are watching them, taking care of them, and feeding them regularly.  The caller was advised to place the bird back where it was found so its parents could continue to raise it.

 May 25, 2014 – 1700 block 14th Street South

Animal Control received a call about a squirrel confined in a bedroom – the squirrel came in through a hole in the window screen.  The homeowner opened the window for the responding Animal Control Officer, who chased the squirrel back outside.

 May 25, 2014 – 1500 block North Kentucky Street

Animal Control received a call from a man who is concerned about nuisance raccoons that raid his trash cans and play in his bird baths.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller and provided a number of deterrents and techniques to make the property less appealing.

 May 21, 2014 – 1700 block North Uhle Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman whose dog had just located a baby bird, trapped inside an old telephone pole hole.  She was not able to retrieve the bird. An Animal Control Officer responded and found a fledgling Starling in the hole, too far down to escape on its own.  The Starling was released so that its mother could continue to care for it.

 May 19, 2014- 1800 block Columbia Pike

Animal Control received a call from the Arlington County Police Department requesting assistance with a dog that had punched through a screen and was trapped on the third story window-ledge, unable to turn around.  An Animal Control Officer responded, along with the Fire Department.  A firefighter was able to go up a ladder and place the dog back inside his unit through the open window.

May 6, 2014 – 4800 30th Street North

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had found an injured rabbit.  The caller agreed to bring the rabbit to the shelter for evaluation.  The rabbit was transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care.

 May 6, 2014 – 4000 block 8th Street South

Animal Control received a call from a man who was concerned about the sound of animals screaming, fearful that they might be injured.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller and gathered a description of the noises he was hearing.  It was determined that it was likely fox.  Fox commonly make screaming sounds when socializing and mating; behavior that is common this time of year.

 May 4, 2014 – 2600 block South Arlington Mill Drive

Animal Control received a call that there was a dog running in the street near a portion of unsecured creek access, across from the Shirlington Dog Park. An Animal Control Officer responded and observed the dog playing appropriately in the creek with a number of other dogs.  The Officer took a photo of the dog and patrolled the area for some time. About an hour later, a call came in to the shelter from a woman who lost a dog matching the description of the dog at the park.  The dog was reunited with her owner at the park.

April 30, 2014 – 1500 South Fern Street

Animal Control received a call about a squirrel, described as “dying” on the sidewalk in the torrential downpour.  An animal control officer responded, and impounded the cold, lethargic, juvenile squirrel.  The Officer provided the squirrel with heat therapy, and then offered some formula.  Within 2 hours the squirrel was bright and alert, trying to escape from its box.  The squirrel was transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for continued recovery, and eventual release.

 April 29, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive – Animal Welfare League of Arlington

A citizen brought to the shelter a baby rabbit her dog had just caught.  A licensed rehabilitator examined the rabbit, which had a puncture wound to the abdomen and recommended the staff humanely euthanize the rabbit to prevent further suffering.

 April 28, 2014 – 2300 block 11th St. North

Animal Control received a call about a squirrel, confined in a washing machine.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found a juvenile squirrel in the machine, covered in laundry detergent.  The squirrel was impounded, bathed, and transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care.  The rehabilitator reports back that the squirrel is receiving medical treatment for ulcers to his eyes, a result of the detergent.  He is recovering well, and will be released back to the wild once recovered.

April 25, 2014 – 800 block North Glebe Road

A citizen found a very small baby bird on the ground and brought it to the Animal Welfare League.  The finder was unable to locate the bird’s original nest to replace the baby in, which is recommended.  She was also concerned that it may be injured from its fall.  A staff member evaluated the bird, which was cool to the touch and did appear to be having some difficulty breathing.  The bird was determined to be a nestling house sparrow.  The sparrow was released into the care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care.

 April 24, 2014 – 300 block Jackson Avenue, Fort Meyer

Animal Control received a call requesting an Officer pick up kittens found on-base.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found 5 healthy, 5 week old orange tabby kittens.  The kittens are a perfect age for socialization, so they were impounded for a stray holding period.  They will spend several weeks in a foster home, until they are old enough to be made available for adoption.

 April  21, 2014 – 2400 block South Lynn Street

Animal Control received a call about a baby squirrel, observed lying on the sidewalk.  An Animal Control Officer responded and picked up the juvenile squirrel, which was quite lethargic, for transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

 April 21, 2014 – 500 block North Monroe Street

Animal Control received a call about an injured bird in the caller’s yard.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found an adult sparrow, which appeared intact, but may have been concussed from hitting a window.  The sparrow was transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator to recover.

April 19, 2014 – 900 block Patrick Henry Drive

Animal Control received a call from a citizen who observed a young squirrel dropped by a large bird in her yard. The squirrel was trying to enter the caller’s screened-in porch where two house cats were watching intently. An Animal Control Officer responded and picked up the juvenile squirrel, which was thin and dehydrated, for transfer to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

April 17, 2014 – 1 Memorial Avenue – Arlington National Cemetery

Animal Control received a call that there was a large snake in the parking lot of the Cemetery.  An Officer responded and moved the adult black rat snake to a safe location nearby.

 April 12, 2014 – 2000 block North Utah Street

Animal Control received a call to pick up a confined stray Cockatiel. The finder had coaxed it down from a tree and the bird sat on her finger until the Officer arrived.  The domestic bird will be held for a stray period, and then made available for adoption.

April 15, 2014

An animal control officer responded to a call about an animal trapped against the median on 66 Westbound. In the pouring rain the officer was able to find the adolescent opossum that came gratefully and was brought to a nearby park and released.

 April 12, 2014-6900 block of N. 26th Street

At 2a.m. an animal control officer responded to a home where a raccoon had fallen through the pull down staircase to the attic and was tearing apart the living room. The fearful residents were trapped in a bedroom awaiting help. The officer was able to locate the animal and remove it from the home safely.

 April 6, 2014 – 4500 block 41st Street North

Animal Control received a call from a homeowner who had a hawk confined in her screened-in porch for the second time. An Animal Control Officer released the hawk outside and suggested the homeowner apply decals to her porch area to deter the hawks.

April 6, 2014-1700 block of S. Edgewood Street

An animal control officer went out to pick up a stray dog that a member of the community had confined after finding the dog near a major roadway. The dog was taken to AWLA were it was safely returned to the owner.

April 5, 2014 – 2900 block S. Glebe Rd.

Animal Control received a request from a local animal hospital asking for pick up of a confined stray German Shepherd Dog.  An Officer impounded the dog for a stray holding period.  Shortly thereafter, the owner of the dog called the shelter looking for her. Turns out, the dog is a retired military bomb dog, which was mistakenly let out by a maintenance crew.  The dog is responsible for saving the lives of both her handler and other service members through her detection work.  She was returned to her grateful owner.

April 4, 2014 – 200 block North Columbus St.

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who reported that his neighbors dog had fallen into a fox hole and they could hear her crying, but could not find her.  An Animal Control Officer responded with an AWLA staff member.  It took nearly an hour of digging, but eventually the Officer and the dog’s owner were able to pull the dog from the hole.  The hole was then filled, to prevent further incidents.

April 3, 2014 – 2200 block Clarendon Blvd.

Animal Control received a call from a woman who says that her maintenance company placed a “bird repellant” on her balcony after she complained about nuisance birds.  She reports that there is at least one bird stuck on the repellant.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found two finches stuck to the sticky substance which had been placed all over the railings of the balcony and on top of the light fixtures.  Both finches had to be euthanized due to the extensive nature of their injuries.  Maintenance was contacted about the use of the glue-based repellant.

March 28, 2014 – 2300 South Grant Street

AWLA received a phone call from a staff member at the Calvary United Methodist Church, concerned about two raccoons present on the grounds at the time preschoolers were due to arrive. An Animal Control Officer called the complainant, who reported that she observed the raccoons run away.  An Officer responded to the location to make sure the raccoons had left the area.

 March 28, 2014 – 900 block 26th Street South

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had adopted a cat from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington a few years ago.  The cat had her collar looped around her neck and chest area and the owner was unable to remove it.  An Animal Control Officer responded and assisted the owner with cutting the collar off.  The caller was educated about “break-away” collars, which release when strained too tightly.

March 28, 2014 – 2300 block of North Fillmore Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had confined a stray parakeet under a colander.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the young bird, which is currently being held for a stray holding period, after which he will be made available for adoption.