Animal Watch

Animal News in Arlington, Virginia

February 20, 2015 – 800 block North Greenbriar Street
Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted an injured animal in her neighbor’s backyard; she was unsure of what the animal was, but said it hadn’t moved for several hours. An Animal Control Officer responded and found a Virginia Opossum suffering with frostbite. The Opossum was impounded for humane euthanasia.

February 18, 2015 – 800 block South Monroe Street
Animal Control received a call about two raccoons noted to be in the caller’s bedroom. An Animal Control Officer responded and removed two first-year raccoons that were hiding under the bed and released them outside. The Officer noted that the home’s chimney was not capped – this is the likely entry-point for these raccoons seeking warmth. The homeowner was provided with the contact information for humane wildlife removal companies to inspect the home and make necessary repairs.

February 17, 2015 – 3200 block Wilson Boulevard
Animal Control received a call about a dog noted to be in a vehicle. An Animal Control Officer responded and noted that the dog appeared comfortable. The owner came out of a nearby restaurant and spoke with the responding Officer.

February 15, 2015 – 4000 block South Columbia Pike
Animal Control received a request to pick up a confined stray cat, found in an apartment complex’s hallway the day prior. The finder had reached out to her neighbors but had not been able to find an owner, nor could she not keep the cat. An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the friendly cat with no ID for a stray holding period. A Notification was left on the front door of the apartment complex to call the shelter if anyone is missing their cat.

February 14, 2014 – 4800 block 24th Road North
Animal Control received a call from a woman who had confined a stray dog two hours earlier, but had been unsuccessful in her attempts to reach the owner via the information provided on the ID tag. An Animal Control Officer responded to impound the dog and decided to go by the address on the ID tag to see if anyone was home. The Officer arrived to the address and noted that the front door to the home was ajar, and the television and lights were on inside. She knocked loudly and yelled inside the home, but no one responded. The Officer then called the Arlington County Police for back-up to check the home in case someone inside was in need of medical attention. A few moments later, the owner arrived home. It was determined that no valuables were removed from the home and it seems likely that the door blew open due to extremely high winds that evening. The dog was returned to his owner on-scene.

February 10, 2015 – 3100 block 9th Street North
Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted a humane squirrel trap on the roof of her apartment complex that contained a wild Blue Jay. Blue Jays are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. An Animal Control Officer reached out to the apartment’s property management and secured the name of the pest control company that set the trap. The Animal Control Officer called and spoke to a service technician who was informed of the presence of the protected bird, and instructed to remove and release the Jay immediately.

February 9, 2015 – 1100 block 16th Street South
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who noted that his neighbors’ fence gate was ajar and the family’s dog was running at large. An Animal Control Officer responded, who noted the suspect dog was inside the residence when she knocked at the front door. The Officer shut the open fence gate and posted a Notification for the dog owner to contact her regarding the incident.

February 9, 2015 – 800 block North Oakland Street
Animal Control received a call about a bat confined to a stairwell. An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the dehydrated Big Brown Bat for care. The bat was transferred to The Save Lucy Campaign for rehabilitation and eventual release.

February 5, 2015 – 1500 block 12th Street North
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman requesting assistance, whose new Shiba Inu puppy had somehow wedged himself inside a hole at the base of a dead tree on his property. An Animal Control Officer responded and was able to free the puppy without incident and return him to his owner.

February 4, 2015 – 2600 block South Arlington Mill Drive
Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted 3-4 dogs barking in a van in the parking lot just outside the Shirlington Dog Park. An Animal Control Officer responded and met with the owner, who is a dog breeder residing in another jurisdiction. The owner was escorting two dogs at a time into the park so she could monitor them appropriately. The dogs all appeared to be in good condition.

January 26, 2015 – 1300 block North Ivanhoe Street
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who observed a large bird get hit by a bus on Washington Boulevard. An Animal Control Officer responded to find a juvenile Red Tail Hawk with head and neck trauma. The Hawk was transported to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia for care.

January 23, 2015 – 1700 North Hartford Street
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who saw a stray dog catch a wild rabbit that was injured. An Animal Control Officer responded to find that the rabbit was deceased. The Officer was unable to locate the suspect dog running at large. The rabbit was impounded for disposal.

January 22, 2015 – 5600 block 6th Street North
Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted a fox in her yard that appeared to be tangled in wire tomato cages. An Animal Control Officer responded and carefully removed the wire tangled around the fox’s back leg. The fox appeared uninjured and ran away without incident.

January 19, 2015 – 3500 block 17th Street South
Animal Control received a request from a citizen who needed assistance transporting her large dog who had passed away to the shelter. An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the dog for cremation.

January 16, 2015 – 900 block South Army Navy Drive
Animal Control received a call about a fox noted to be in the neighborhood. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who described a healthy fox.

January 15, 2015 – 100 block South Pershing Drive
Animal Control received a call from a citizen who was concerned about a dog she noted to be inside a motor home parked nearby. An Animal Control Officer responded and observed a Nordic-type dog in the mobile home – the dog did not appear to be in any distress. The Officer posted a notice asking the dog owner to contact our office, just to let us know that the dog is being attended to. The dog owner phoned the Officer to let her know that the dog was supplied with food, water, bedding, and a heat source in the mobile home, while she visited friends nearby.

January 15, 2015 – 5800 block North Washington Boulevard
Animal Control received a call from a woman who found an injured bird sitting behind a bush. An Animal Control Officer responded and did not find an injured bird, but she did find a large plastic crow tucked behind a bush.

January 11, 2015 – 2700 block South Veitch Street
Animal Control received a call from a homeowner who noted a raccoon screaming on the back patio. An Animal Control Officer responded and observed a juvenile raccoon with injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. The raccoon was impounded for humane euthanasia.

January 10, 2015 – 300 block South Courthouse Road
Animal Control received a call from a woman who was concerned about a dog she noted to be unattended and barking in a backyard for the past 45 minutes. An Animal Control Officer responded to the address provided by the caller and found that someone was home and the dog was inside; she and the homeowner discussed laws regarding minimum requirements.

January 9, 2015 – 1900 block Key Boulevard
Animal Control received a complaint from a woman with a neighbor who allows her dog run off leash. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the complainant and determined that the violations were taking place on the private property of a multi-family condominium. The officer advised that the caller speak to her condominium’s management, as ACO’s cannot enforce the leash law on private property.

January 4, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive, The Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Animal Control received a call from the shelter’s answering service that the caller had found a dog with an AWLA shelter tag. An Animal Care Technician looked up the tag and provided the ACO with the owner’s information. The Animal Control Officer contacted the dog owner and information was exchanged so that the owner could reclaim her dog from the finder.

January 3, 2015 – 1800 block North Scott Street
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who was concerned about a fox he noted sitting in a yard; the fox sounded immobile from the callers’ description. An Animal Control Officer responded to the area and met with the complainant, but the fox was unable to be located.

December 31, 2014 – 5400 block Arlington Boulevard
Animal Control received a call about an injured deer. An Animal Control Officer responded, along with the Arlington Police, but found that the deer was already deceased. The deer was impounded for disposal.

December 10, 2014 – 1500 block South George Mason Drive
Animal Control received a call that there was a dead dog at the busy intersection of South George Mason Drive and South Four Mile Run. An Animal Control Officer responded, but she did not locate a dog. She did find an oil-absorbing sand bag in the gutter.

December 9, 2014 – 1500 North McKinley Road
Animal Control received a call about a squirrel confined in a fireplace. An Animal Control Officer responded, who removed an adult Southern Flying Squirrel from the fireplace and released it outside.

December 8, 2014 – 1000 block Arlington Boulevard
Animal Control received a call about an injured pigeon, noted to have a band around it’s ankle. The underweight Domestic Pigeon was impounded for a stray holding period.

December 5, 2014 – 3400 block Arlington Boulevard
Animal Control received a call about a hound dog running at large in the Columbia Gardens Cemetery. An Animal Control Officer responded, but could not locate the dog. Upon her return to the shelter, another staff member alerted her to a Facebook post about a lost hound dog named “Tucker” in South Arlington. The Animal Control Officer called the missing dog’s owner, took a full lost report, and informed the owner of the most recent sighting. Eventually, the League received a call from a woman who managed to confine Tucker. The parties were connected and the dog was returned to his owner.

December 1, 2014 – 1400 block North Rhodes Street
Animal Control received a call from woman who was concerned about the welfare of a large white parrot she saw through the window of a nearby dwelling; the parrot appeared to be agitated and was loudly vocalizing . An Animal Control Officer called the complainant to gather more information and discuss parrot behavior. During the call, the bird was noted to be comfortably perched and was no longer vocalizing.

December 1, 2014 – 4200 block 24th Street South
Animal Control received a call from a woman who managed to safely confine an injured bat that her cat had captured. The bat was impounded at the League and humanely euthanized. Due to the risk of potential rabies exposure, the Health Department approved Rabies testing for the deceased bat. The bat tested negative for the Rabies virus.

November 24, 2014 – 3100 block North Key Boulevard

Animal Control received a call from a woman who noticed a dog eating from a trashcan outside her home.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the dog, which was noted to have a microchip, but the chip was not properly registered.  The Animal Control Officer checked the League’s lost pet files and noticed a lost report for a dog matching the description of the dog she picked up in the same area.  The owner was contacted and the dog was reclaimed.  The owner of the dog was provided with instructions on how to update his microchip information so that it is accurate.

November 22, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive, The Animal Welfare League of Arlington

An Animal Control Officer was doing paperwork at the League when she noticed a small, brown garter snake curled up in a corner of her office.  The Officer removed the snake and released it just behind the shelter.

November 21, 2014 – Memorial Drive – Arlington National Cemetery

Animal Control received a call from the Arlington County Police Department requesting assistance with a dog that had been struck by a vehicle.  Upon her arrival, the responding Officer noted that the animal actually appeared to be a coyote.  The coyote was euthanized due to the severity of her injuries.

November 16, 2014 – 5100 block 37th Street North

Animal Control received a call about a deer with a leg injury.  An Animal Control Officer responded but was not able to locate the deer.

November 15, 2014 – 6879 North Lee Highway

Animal Control received a request from a local vet clinic to pick up a cat that was left at the Exxon gas station just down the street, in the 6700 block of North Lee Highway.  The cat was noted in a carrier next to a vacuum machine; the finder waited for over an hour to see if someone might come back for it, perhaps having left it by accident.  An Animal Control Officer picked up the cat and impounded him for a stray holding period.

November 14, 2014 – 1000 block N. Taylor Street

Animal Control received a request at 11:35pm from the Arlington County Police Department to impound a dog for protective custody whose owner was arrested.  The dog was impounded at the shelter and picked up by a family member the following morning.

November 9, 2014 – 4500 block 28th Road South

Animal Control received a call from a citizen concerned about a deer noted on condominium property.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller and advised them to leave the deer alone, as it would likely move on its own.  It is against the law for Animal Control Officers to relocate deer and other wildlife, who are quite active in the fall as they seek out foods rich in carbohydrates that help pack on fat for the winter.   Mature bucks may also roam widely in search of does this time of year.

November 6, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive

A  member of the public dropped off a sparrow who appeared to be injured at the shelter.  Animal care staff examined the bird and provided it a place to rest and recover.  Several hours later, the bird appeared alert and active.  An Animal Control Officer delivered the bird back to the location where it was found and released it.

November 4, 2014 – 800 block North Glebe Road

Animal Control received a call from a woman who observed a bat struggling on the sidewalk in the Ballston Area.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the female,Silver-Haired bat, who is currently migrating through this region.  The bat is currently recovering in the care of licensed wildlife rehabilitator Leslie Sturges, who founded and runs The Save Lucy Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of white-nose syndrome and its devastating impact on North American bats.

November 3, 2014 -700 block South Courthouse Road

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who observed an American Crow with twine tangled in his feet, stuck to a tree branch.  An Animal Control Officer responded and used her control pole to grab the branch to pull it closer to her, where she was able to cut the twine and release the crow.

November 2, 2014 – 500 block North Oxford Street

Animal Control received a call from a cat colony caretaker who was working to trap a cat on her property for the shelter’s Trap-Neuter-Return program.  The caretaker had caught an opossum in the trap and requested assistance removing the wild animal.  An Animal Control Officer responded, removed the healthy opossum, and released it nearby.

October 29, 2014 – 2000 block South Columbia Pike

Animal Control received a call at 11:05pm that the caller had confined a stray dog and wanted it picked up.  The Animal Control Officer consulted with the shelter’s answering service and found that a lost report had been filed by someone missing their dog that appeared to be a match.  The owner of the dog was called and provided with the location where she could pick up her dog from the finder.

October 25, 2014 – 2000 block North Sycamore Street – East Falls Church Metro

Animal Control received a call about a kitten in distress, crying and approaching folks at the East Falls Church Metro Station, then running away.  Animal Control Officer Toussaint responded and worked with the caller for over an hour to safely confine the kitten, who was impounded at the shelter for a stray holding period.

October 25, 2014 – 2700 block South Fort Scott Drive.

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had an injured bird confined to a basket – she suspected the bird had hit a window.  The Dispatcher asked the caller to place the basket in a safe area, like under a bush, and allow the bird about an hour to recover.  The complainant called back after an hour to report that the bird had flown away without incident.

October 23, 2014 – 1100 block South Edison Street

Animal Control received a call about an injured opossum in the roadway.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the injured juvenile opossum for humane euthanasia.

October 13, 2014 – 4800 23rd Street South

Animal Control received a call about an injured squirrel.  An Animal Control Officer responded and observed an adult squirrel foraging normally.  When approached, the squirrel was able to run away and hide under a shed.  The Animal Control Officer determined that the squirrel appears to have an old injury, which although it is not ideal, does not seem to hinder this animal’s ability to function normally in the wild.

October 10, 2014 – 200 block 20th Street South

Animal Control received a call about an injured bird, noted to be sitting on the caller’s balcony since the previous day.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found a healthy adult Mourning Dove, who appeared to be confused by the reflective glass surfaces of the modern balcony.  She lifted the Dove over the edge of the railing, and it was able to fly away without incident.

October 10, 2014 – 1200 block North Dinwiddie Street

Animal Control received a call about a fox with a broken leg that was unable to run away.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the adult fox with a severely broken leg.  The animal was humanely euthanized.

October 9, 2014 – 3800 block North Fairfax Drive

Animal Control received a call about a dog in a car, noted to be panting, observed for the past 30 minutes.  An Animal Control Officer responded; Arlington County Police and Fire were already at the location.  The temperature outside was noted to be 72 degrees, but inside the black car in the direct sunlight, the temperature registered 98 degrees through a cracked window.  The Police/Fire Departments opened the car and the dog was impounded at the shelter.  The owner arrived shortly thereafter, and was issued a summons for failure to provide minimum requirements.

October 1, 2014 – 1400 block North Patrick Henry Drive

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman whose cat had caught a chipmunk and brought it into the home where it escaped – the chipmunk was confined in a closet.  An Animal Control Officer responded, captured the chipmunk, and evaluated it for injuries.  Having found no injuries, the Officer released the healthy chipmunk back outside.

October 1, 2014 – 1700 block North Veitch Street

Animal Control received a call about a squirrel, whose head appeared to be trapped beneath a window-grate.  An Animal Control Officer responded, removed the unsecured grate, and rescued the adult squirrel, which was released on-site.

September 28, 2014 – 10 block South Aberdeen Street

Arlington County Police alerted Animal Control to a dog hit by a car.  An Animal Control Officer arrived on-scene where an owner was already present with their dog.  The Officer assisted the owner in lifting the dog into their car so that she could transport her dog to an emergency veterinary clinic.  The dog is expected to recover.

September 25, 2014 – 2500 block 2nd Street South

Animal Control received a call about an injured baby squirrel, lying in a driveway. It didn’t move when approached by a dog.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found a cold, juvenile squirrel lying in a puddle with a mild bloody nose. She impounded the squirrel and transported it back to the League for evaluation.  At the League, Animal Care staff provided the young squirrel with heat therapy and gave it some time in a quiet area to dry and recover.  Approximately two hours later, the squirrel was warm, dry, and alert.  The responding Animal Control Officer took the squirrel back to the area where it was found and released it.  She noted that he scurried out of the shoebox and straight up a tree, without incident.

September 20, 2014 – 400 block North Fillmore Street

Animal Control received a call about two dogs running at large together, observed stealing stuffed toys off yard sale tables in the neighborhood.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the dogs for a stray holding period.  Both dogs were returned to their worried pet-sitter shortly after their arrival at the League.

September 19, 2014 – 900 block South George Mason Drive

Animal Control received a call about a large, injured bird that appeared unable to fly.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded an adult American Crow.  The Officer consulted with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, who authorized humane euthanasia of the Crow, due to the severity of its injuries (Crows are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.  Animal Care staff must seek the permission of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator before euthanizing birds).

September 18, 2014 – 5500 block North Williamsburg Boulevard

Animal Control received a call from a Good Samaritan who was able to confine a dog she had just found wandering at large, but was not able to bring it to the League.  An Animal Control Officer responded, and was on her way back to the League with the elderly dog when she received a call about a missing dog from the same area, matching the description of the dog she had in her vehicle.  Since the dog was elderly and frail, she turned around and took the dog straight home to her relieved owners.

September 16, 2014 – 4300 block 12th Road South

Animal Control received a call from a woman who was concerned about tree trimming going on in her neighborhood – she is aware that there is a raccoon den in one of the trees.  An Animal Control Officer responded and met with the caller, who informed the trimming crew about the raccoon, and reports that the crew removed a large section of the tree they were trimming and gently placed it on the ground.  This section of tree contained the den.  Shortly thereafter, a mother raccoon was seen relocating her two young pups to an alternate den-site.

September 13, 2014 – 100 block North Greenbrier Street

Animal Control received a call about a nest of baby rabbits that had been uncovered by a dog; the caller was unsure if the mother was still caring for them.  An Animal Control Officer responded and examined the three unweaned infant rabbits, which were active. The Officer placed the rabbits back in their shallow nest and replaced the bedding covering them.  She then placed some small sticks in an “X” formation over the nest so that the homeowner could check the nest site later and see if the sticks had been displaced – a sign that a mother rabbit has come to care for her young.  Mother rabbits leave their babies unattended most of the time, only visiting around dusk and down to feed, so as not to attract the attention of predators.

September 12, 2014 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive

Animal Control received a call from a woman who regularly cares for a colony of feral cats in her neighborhood.  She noticed that one of her cats had a severe injury.  The Animal Control Dispatcher spoke to the caller and they arranged for the caretaker to come down to the shelter and rent a trap.  That same night, the caretaker was able to catch the injured cat in the trap.  The cat was surrendered to the League for humane euthanasia due to the severity of her injuries.

September 12, 2014 – 6100 block North Lee Hwy.

Animal Control received a call in the morning from a woman who thought she had a chipmunk confined in a deep window well.  The caller was advised to drape a towel into the window well and place some objects in there for it to climb up.  Several hours later, the complainant called back to report that the animal was hiding behind the towel, rather than climbing up it.  An Animal Control Officer responded and found a juvenile rabbit confined in the window well.  The officer gently removed the rabbit and released it.

September 7, 2014 – 5100 block 9th Rd. North

Animal Control received a call from a woman who was concerned about three infant rabbits that were exposed after some brush was removed.  She had watched for a mother to return, but there wasn’t any sign of her.  An Animal Control Officer examined the rabbits, who appeared thin and dehydrated, indicating that they had, in fact, been orphaned.  The rabbits were impounded and transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

September 6, 2014 – 2800 block S. Buchanan St.

Animal Control received a call about an injured squirrel.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who described the young squirrel as having flies all around it.  The caller agreed to bring the squirrel to the shelter for evaluation, where it was impounded for care and transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

September 6, 2014 – 4300 block North Lee Highway

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had found a nest of baby squirrels that had fallen from a tree on the property the previous day.  The squirrels had been placed in a box at the base of the tree to allow for a mother squirrel to retrieve them and move them to an alternate nest-site, but the following day, the box full of squirrels was still there.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded five, seven-week old squirrels for rehabilitation.

September 5, 2014 – 2900 block North Wilson Blvd.

Animal Control received a call about a sparrow trapped inside a store.  An Animal Control Officer responded, but could not reach the bird due to the high ceilings.  The store attendants were advised to turn off as many lights as possible inside the building and leave the front door open to allow the bird to leave on its own.

September 3, 2014 – 2100 block North Harrison Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who was concerned because her neighbor alerted her to a fox on her roof.  An Animal Control Officer responded and assured the woman that if the fox could climb up there, it would also be able to climb back down.  The Officer asked the woman to call back if the fox was still there later in the day, or if it seemed distressed in any way.

August 30, 2014 – South Washington Blvd. (Rt. 110) X Arlington Blvd. (Rt. 50)

Animal Control received a flurry of calls about a very large bird of prey, sitting on the shoulder of this busy intersection.  An Animal Control Officer responded, along with the Police, who stopped traffic so the ACO could capture the juvenile Red Tail Hawk.  The hawk, which had been struck by a car, was transported to The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia for care.

September 2, 2014- 800 block of S Dickerson St

An animal control officer responded to the for two orphaned baby raccoons wandering on the sidewalk. The raccoons were brought to the shelter and immediately transferred to a licensed rehabber for follow up care.

September 1, 2014-5000 block of 12th St S

Animal control was notified of a stray chicken running at large in a thunderstorm. An ACO responded and confined the animal. The chicken is being held at AWLA for a stray period and then will be transferred to a specialized rescue group for livestock.