Animal Watch

Animal News in Arlington, Virginia

 

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.

February 27, 2015 – 1600 block South Fort Meyer Drive
Animal Control received a call about a hawk noted to be confined in a netted area at the stables on Fort Meyer. An Animal Control Officer responded but was unable to reach the hawk in the netted area. The hawk did not appear injured. The Officer suggested maintenance un-zip a portion of netting to allow the hawk additional access to leave the area. The complainant was also provided with contact information for the Raptor Conservancy with further concerns.

February 27, 2015 – 500 block North Quincy Street
Animal Control received a call about an injured Opossum noted to be huddled up alongside a fence. An Animal Control Officer responded and found a Virginia Opossum. Upon examination appeared robust and healthy. The Opossum was left to resume foraging.

February 23, 2015 – 3100 block South Columbus Street
Animal Control received a call from a woman who just witnessed a cat struck by a vehicle. An Animal Control Officer responded and found that the cat, unfortunately, was deceased. The cat was wearing a collar with identification, so the Officer called the owner and informed him of the accident.

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 – 4800 block 13th Street North
Animal Control received a call from a woman who found a raccoon in her finished basement. An Animal Control Officer responded but could not locate the animal. It was determined that the raccoon likely exited the home the same way he entered – by using an open cat door. The homeowner was instructed to secure the cat door to prevent wildlife from entering the home and to keep the cats confined upstairs until a professional humane wildlife removal company can assess the situation.

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.