Animal Watch

Animal News in Arlington, Virginia

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.