Animal News in Arlington, Virginia
May 15,2013 1700 Block N. Quebec St.
Two baby cottontail bunnies were surrendered to the League by a citizen. The bunnies were too young to be on their own and one of the bunnies suffered a bite wound. The injured bunny was euthanized due to the severity of its injury and the other bunny was transported to a wildlife rehabilitator to be cared for until it is old enough to be released.
4-26-13 900 block N. Stafford St.
Animal control received a call from a business reporting that they had received a package delivery containing a snake. The animal control officer opened the box to find a stuffed lion inside. Embarrassed, the staff reported that the Federal Express carrier insisted the box contained a live snake.
5-3-13 Reflecting Pool, Washington DC
Visitors from New York found a duckling unable to walk lying next to its dead sibling at the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC. Unfamiliar with the area, they took a cab to the Arlington shelter. The young Mallard was transported to a wildlife rehabilitator for treatment.
4-23-13 3400 block Roberts Ln
A woman noticed an injured rat snake in her yard and when she saw it again several days later she called animal control. The snake had injuries to an eye and to its jaw. The animal control officer was able to capture the snake and transported it to the shelter. It was later transported to a wildlife rehabilitator who will care for it until it is able to be released. Rat snakes are not considered dangerous are not aggressive although they will vibrate their tails and behave aggressively if cornered.
4-22-13 5400 block 8th Rd. S.
A gas meter reader called animal control to report a goat in the shed of a person’s house. Two officers went to the address to advise the owner that certain strict criteria must be met in order to keep livestock is Arlington County. The owner surrendered the goat to the officers.
4-8-13 1300 block N. Courthouse Rd.
The owner of a beagle called the shelter to report his dog had broken free from his leash and ran away. Three days later a man called to report seeing a beagle lying behind a tree near the owner’s home. An animal control officer remembered the earlier call, contacted the owner and drove to the location to reunite the two. The dog was unharmed and happy to see its owner.
3-27-13 1200 block N. Cleveland St.
Responding to a report of a dead dog in the road, an animal control officer arrived to find an approximately 20lb bag of Mexican food run over and torn apart. The officer called Arlington County to report the need for a cleanup.
3-19-13 1000 block N. Quincy St.
Animal control responded to a call from a woman who stated she found a bird caught in the netting of a park batting cage. She opened the door but the Coopers Hawk was unable to escape on its own. An animal control officer captured the bird,examined for injury and then released it.