Animal Watch

Animal News in Arlington, Virginia

August 19, 2015 – 800 block North Randolph Street

Animal Control received a call from someone who was concerned about a stray cat, noted to be balancing on the thin ledge of a high rise apartment building, four stories up.  An Animal Control Officer approached the concierge at the apartment community and learned of a resident who had reported his cat missing the day prior.  The Officer spoke to the gentleman and confirmed that the cat on the ledge was, in fact, his missing cat.  Despite trying to coax him inside a window, the scared cat sat motionless on the ledge.  The Animal Control Officer called the Arlington County Fire Department and requested their assistance.  The ACO provided the firemen with some sturdy gloves, a net and a carrier to contain the cat.  The cat was plucked off the ledge without incident, placed in the carrier, and returned to his grateful owner.

 

August 20, 2015 – 2400 block South Lynn Street

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who noted an animal confined in their deep window-well.  An Animal Control Officer responded to find a skunk stuck in the window-well, in need of assistance to get out.  The skunk was removed unharmed, but he certainly expressed his displeasure with the Officer, who was fully sprayed.

August 20, 2015 – 3200 block 9th Street South

Animal Control received a call from a woman who could see a wild animal tucked behind a kitchen cabinet.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded a juvenile opossum, which somehow made his way in the home.  The opossum was impounded at the shelter, and then transferred to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care.

August 10, 2015 – 300 block South Courthouse Road

While completing a routine park patrol, the Animal Control Officer noticed a dog running at large in traffic.  The Officer was able to lure the frightened dog back to her yard using treats and plenty of soft encouragement.

August 11, 2015 – 2300 block of North Vermont Street

Animal Control received a call about a raccoon confined in the home.  An Animal Control Officer arrived and removed the juvenile raccoon, who gained access to the home through a faulty spot in the garage door.

August 13, 2015 – 2000 block North Calvert Street

Animal Control received a call about a family of raccoons that appeared to be trapped at the bottom of a nearly empty dumpster.  An Animal Control Officer responded and carefully removed four raccoons from the dumpster, who all promptly scurried down into a storm drain.

August 3, 2015 – Route 110 Northbound at Route 66

Animal Control received calls from multiple sources regarding an injured hawk in this this busy intersection. Arlington County Police stopped traffic so the Animal Control Officer could safely capture the juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, which was transferred to The Raptor Conservancy for care.

August 7, 2015 – 2000 block 5th Street South

Animal Control received a request from the Arlington County Police to respond for a large brown dog running at large. The dog had apparently escaped a basement unit apartment by breaking through the accordion-style plastic that houses an in-window air conditioning unit. The dog was impounded at the shelter and was found to have a registered microchip. The dog’s owner was contacted via the microchip information, and the dog was reclaimed the same afternoon.

July 23, 2015 – 1500 block South Grant Street

Animal Control worked with a gentleman who noted a rather large, unusual bird in the area.  The man was provided with a carrier and some food to attempt to lure the bird into confinement.  The man worked diligently for three weeks to gain the bird’s trust, and finally was able to confine the bird into the carrier.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the bird, noted to be a Lady Amherst Pheasant, who is scheduled to be transferred to a rural rescue organization.

July 26, 2015 – 2700 block South Arlington Mill Drive

Animal Control received a call about a stray parakeet at the dog park.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the parakeet for a stray hold.  The parakeet was put on-view for adoption at the League.

July 26, 2015 – 1700 Wilson Boulevard

Animal Control received a call about a bird, confined inside a restaurant, noted to be in distress, flying around and hitting the windows.  An Animal Control Officer responded and used a net to catch the wild bird, which was released outside.

 

July 2, 2015 – 3300 block North Piedmont Street

Animal Control received a call about an injured squirrel.  An Animal Control Officer responded and observed an adult squirrel with a front leg injury.  The squirrel was noted to be eating and mobile.  The Officer spoke to the homeowner about the situation, and the homeowner agreed to keep an eye on the squirrel for the next few days and let us know if the squirrel appears to be declining or struggling in any way.  Many animals are able to survive, and even thrive, despite a disability.

July 2, 2015 – 1100 block South Army Navy Drive

Animal Control received a call from a man who was concerned about an American Crow in the area that did not appear well.  An Animal Control Officer responded and observed a large, healthy, fledgling Crow with a parent watching nearby.  Birds do not leave the nest knowing how to fly, and crows can be particularly stubborn about taking flight when they’ve found an appealing area with folks who feed them. The crow was left in the area to continue developing.

July 3, 2015 – 3500 block North Vermont Street

Animal Control received a call that there was a juvenile raccoon all alone in the area.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the raccoon, who was noted to be dehydrated, for transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care.

June 22, 2015 – 2800 block South Randolph Street

Animal Control received a call that there was a bird tangled in some string on the ledge of a restaurant awning.  An Animal Control Officer responded and was able to untangle the nestling sparrow, which was sent to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care and eventual release.

June 18, 2015 – The Pentagon

Animal Control received a call from the Pentagon police with concern about a kitten noted to be huddled in the undercarriage of a car.  An Animal Control Officer responded, equipped with cat food and was able to catch Tabby kitten using a net. The kitten was impounded for a stray hold.

June 16, 2015 – 1100 block South Arlington Ridge Road

Animal Control received a complaint from a condominium employee about a family of Mallard ducks frequenting the pool area.  An Animal Control Officer responded and helped to usher the ducks out of pool and off the property, but hours later, the ducks returned to the pool.  The Officer consulted with a licensed wildlife rehabilitator over the phone, who suggested that the Officer attempt to catch the mother Mallard and babies and release the whole family in a nearby safe area with plenty of natural water access. The Officer was able to capture the ducks and released them without incident.

June 13, 2015 – 4600 block North Henderson Road

Animal Control received a call that there was a bird caught in some garden netting.  An Animal Control Officer responded, carefully cut away the tangled netting, and released the uninjured adult Mockingbird.

June 13, 2015 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive, Animal Welfare League of Arlington

A concerned citizen presented a baby bird he found to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.  Animal care staff examined the bird, found it to be a healthy nestling sparrow, who appeared to have emerged from the nest just a few days too early.  The gentleman who found the bird could see the nest the bird fell from, but could not reach it to replace the bird.  The man was provided with a small basket and lots of advice on replacing the bird in the basket as near to the original nest as possible, so that the parent birds could continue to care for him.

June 4, 2015 – 4200 block South Four Mile Run Drive

Animal Control received a call regarding a sick fox.  An Animal Control Officer responded and observed a fox that was unable to get up and run away.  The fox was impounded for humane euthanasia.

May 23, 2015 – 6000 block Wilson Boulevard

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had confined an injured bird for pick up.  Upon arrival, the responding Animal Control Officer noted that the bird was actually a healthy fledgling.   The fledgling bird was released back in the area where it was found.

May 23, 2015 – 3500 block 2nd Street South

Animal Control received a notification of a leash violation in progress at the TJ Community Center.  An Animal Control Officer responded and issued a warning to the dog owner, who had already placed his dog back on leash at the time of the Officer’s arrival.

May 25, 2015 – 2800 block South Woodrow Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who found a big turtle in her yard, so she confined it for pick up.  An Animal Control Officer responded and noted that the turtle was a healthy Common Snapping Turtle, native to the area.  The turtle was placed back in the yard.

May 17, 2015 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive, Animal Welfare League of Arlington

A shelter staff member noted a Facebook post about a found dog that looked familiar in the area – the dog was a recent shelter adoptee.  The staff member contacted the Animal Control Officer on duty and notified her about the report.  The Officer contacted the owner of the dog and connected the finder and the owner to arrange an exchange.

May 16, 2015 – 4200 block 8th Street South

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who noted a domestic rabbit running at large.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the English Spot Rabbit for a stray hold.

May 16, 2015 – 2600 block South Walter Reed Drive

Animal Control received a call at 11:45pm that a stray dog had just entered the caller’s home.  An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who opted to hold the dog overnight and submit a Found Report to the shelter in the morning. Follow up the next day revealed that the owner was found by the reporting party and the dog was returned.

April 27, 2015 – 2600 block North Upshur Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who found a large snake in her home. An Animal Control Officer responded to find that the housekeeper had managed to capture the snake and put it outside in a nearby wooded area.  The housekeeper had taken a photo of the snake and showed it to the Officer, who identified an adult Black Rat Snake, common to Northern Virginia, and likely just emerging from hibernation.

April 26, 2015 – 6000 block 16th Street North

Animal Control received a call from a citizen who was concerned that they saw a Beaver in their yard. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who described what sounded to be a Groundhog, also known as a Woodchuck.  Groundhogs live in complex underground dens and have terrible eyesight.  One of the easiest ways to discourage them from invading your garden is to use pinwheels, Mylar balloons, or hang aluminum pans that will move in the wind and create a visual disturbance – a Groundhog would much prefer to forage some place where he doesn’t have to look over his shoulder at what’s moving and sparkling nearby.

April 16, 2015 – 2400 block North Sycamore Street, Tuckahoe Park

Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted an adult squirrel who was visibly injured and not able to climb a tree.  An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the adult, male squirrel who had a very large, open wound that would permanently prevent him from climbing normally. He was humanely euthanized.

April 17, 2015 – 2600 block North Powhattan Street

Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who had been watching a mother fox raise her kits from under his backyard shed for several weeks.  He noted one of the kits lying unresponsive in the yard.  An Animal Control Officer responded to transport the kit to the shelter for evaluation, but unfortunately, the kit passed away en route.

April 11, 2015 – 2800 block Shirlington Road, South

Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted a duck on the second level of a parking garage for two days that she feared was injured. An Animal Control Officer responded and observed a male mallard sunning himself on a parking deck. Upon approaching the duck, he flew away without incident.

April 7, 2015 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive, The Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

A gentleman presented a baby rabbit he found to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. An Animal Control Officer examined the rabbit, who appeared robust and healthy, perhaps 2-3 weeks of age. The Officer explained that baby rabbits are extremely difficult to rehabilitate – they do much better in the care of their own mother. The gentleman was provided with some supplies to help discourage his dog from disrupting the shallow nest any further, and was advised to put the rabbit back. Mother rabbits and deer leave their young for long periods of time, returning only at dusk and dawn to feed, so as not to attract the attention of predators.

April 8, 2015 – 900 block North Glebe Road

Animal Control received a call from a woman who noted a bat lying on the patio of a restaurant seating area. An Animal Control Officer responded and carefully examined the bat on-scene, who was noted to be lively and quite vocal. The Officer called and consulted with The Save Lucy campaign for advice; a licensed wildlife rehabilitator that specializes in bats suggested that the bat, noted to be a Red Bat, was likely confused by the reflective glass surfaces in the area. The bat was released without incident.

April 8, 2015 – 900 block North Danville Street

Animal Control received a call from a woman who had concerns about a raccoon in her yard that briefly approached her before running away. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who described the animal as fat and healthy in appearance. It is not uncommon for urban wildlife to express a mild curiosity about humans, but if the animal appears sick, intoxicated, or unusually aggressive, Animal Control Officers are available 24-hours a day to respond.

April 10, 2015 – 1700 block North George Mason Drive

Animal Control received a call from a woman who confined a bird noted to have hit a window.  An Animal Control Officer responded and examined the adult Mourning Dove for injuries. Having found no injuries, the Officer took the Dove outside and released it without incident. Birds that inadvertently hit glass surfaces often need some time – a few minutes to a couple of hours to recover.

March 29, 2015 – 3900 block North Upland Street
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who lost his indoor-only cat. An Animal Control Officer took a full lost report. A short time later, the man called back to report that he’d found his missing cat sleeping in a dresser-drawer.

March 29, 2015 – 2400 block North Quebec Street
Animal Control received a call from a woman who saw a dog she had pet sat for had captured and killed a bat. An Animal Control Officer responded, impounded the deceased bat, and submitted a request to the Arlington Health Department for a rabies test.

March 27, 2015 – 2500 block North Lincoln Street
Animal Control received a call from a homeowner who could hear an animal in their chimney. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who noted that the flue was closed and the animal – likely a raccoon – was tucked up inside the chimney. The caller was referred to humane wildlife removal companies and was advised to call Animal Control immediately should the animal enter the fireplace or living area of the home.

March 23, 2015 – 1500 block North Colonial Terrace
Animal Control received a call from a renter, who stated she had a raccoon in her trashcan. An Animal Control Officer spoke with the caller, who mentioned that the raccoon did not appear injured and was noted to be eating. The ACO offered the caller a number of deterrent methods, including the use of ammonia in and around the trashcans, to make the area less appealing to wildlife.

March 21, 2015 – 600 block North Kenmore Street
Animal Control received a call at midnight from a woman who had confined a cat she was concerned may be sick that followed her home. An Animal Control Officer responded and impounded the purebred Persian for a stray holding period. The escaped indoor-only cat was returned to her owners the following day.

March 21, 2015 – 1100 block South Edison Street
Animal Control received a call about a bird stuck to a gutter-spout. An Animal Control Officer responded and found an injured House Sparrow dangling by a leg in the edge of the gutter. The sparrow was carefully removed and impounded at the League. The sparrow was humanely euthanized at the suggestion of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator due to the severity of her injuries.

March 15, 2015 – 500 block North Jackson Street
Animal Control received an emergency call that a dog had been struck by a vehicle. An Animal Control Officer responded and transported the dog with a significant hind-quarter injury to an emergency veterinary facility for care. The dog was scanned and found to have a microchip. The owner of the dog was contacted and the dog was returned to her owner at the hospital.

March 11, 2105 – 2800 block South Arlington Ridge Road
Animal Control received a call from a woman with concerns about a dog noted on a back porch for several days in a row. An Animal Control Officer responded and observed a very realistic stuffed animal on the back porch.

March 10, 2015 – 1600 block North Adams Street
Animal Control received a call from a woman who had concerns about a squirrel she feared was preparing to have babies in her attic. An Animal Control Officer called the complainant and discussed a variety squirrel deterrent methods, as relocation is not recommended. The complainant was also provided with contact information for some companies that perform humane wildlife removal services.

March 10, 2015 – 2000 block 20th Road North
Animal Control received a call from a gentleman who noted that a raccoon had been sleeping in his trash can for the duration of the day, and was still there at 9pm. An Animal Control Officer responded, concerned that the raccoon may be ill. Upon the Officer’s arrival, the raccoon climbed out of the trashcan and ran away.

March 9, 2015 – 1000 block North Monroe Street
Animal Control received a call that a wild rabbit was trapped in a deep window-well / emergency escape route. An Animal Control Officer responded, caught the rabbit with a net, and released it nearby. The caller was advised to purchase a removable cover for the window-well.

March 9, 2015 – 5200 block 26th Road North
Animal Control received a request to pick up a stray dog the caller had confined to her home. An Animal Control Officer responded and picked up the dog, who was not wearing a collar. Upon her arrival at the League, the dog was scanned and found to have a registered microchip. The owner of the dog was called, and the dog was reclaimed the same day.

March 8, 2015 – 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive – The Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Animal Control received a call from a woman who noticed a squirrel in her yard with an injury. An Animal Control Officer spoke to the caller, who described the squirrel as active, eating, and able to climb, despite the injury. Although injuries are not ideal, a wild animal that is able to climb and forage fairly normally is best left in the area where it was found. The caller was advised to call back if the squirrel’s health seemed to be in decline.