According to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington website: Animal Control officers are charged with the enforcement of all state and local laws regarding the welfare, care and control of animals. While such officers have the authority to issue citations, their primary focus is working with residents to help them provide better care. To report an emergency at any time, call 703-931-9241.
The following are the latest animal control reports from the league. For more information, visit www.awla.org.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 3100 block of North 13th Street: Received a call about a dog left unattended in the Clarendon Dog Park. An animal control officer responded and impounded the adult female dog. The dog owner called the league within minutes and admitted that he had taken his dog to the park and inadvertently locked his keys in his car. He called a taxi to take him home to gather another key, but the cab driver would not allow the dog in the car. As such, he left his dog in the dog park and went home to get his keys. The dog was returned to her owner the same evening; the owner was fully compliant on current rabies vaccination and current county license.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 3000 block of South Buchanan Street: Received a call about an injured adult squirrel lying on the sidewalk. An animal control officer arrived and found the stunned squirrel and impounded it for evaluation. Within two hours, the squirrel had recovered and was bright and alert. The officer released the animal back to the area in which it was found.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 5900 block of Washington Boulevard: Received a call about a cat stuck in a sewer in the center of Washington Boulevard. The cat was screaming wildly in distress and it was raining hard. The manhole cover was removed and with a resident's assistance the officer rescued the cat from the drain. The cat had a collar and a microchip. The primary owner did not answer the phone so the officer left a message. The alternate contact did answer but was out of town. The officer brought the cat to the shelter, cleaned him up and fed him. His owners reclaimed him the next morning.