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.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 700 block of North Barton Street: An Animal Control officer responded to a call about chickens running at large, in traffic. The officer was able to capture the chickens, a social pair of Rhode Island Reds: one male, one female. The officer located the owners on scene, who surrendered the chickens to the Animal League of Arlington. They were later transported to a farm in Henrico County.
Friday, Sept. 27, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport police called Animal Control to respond to a cat stuck in the undercarriage of a car. While extracting the kitten, a member of the public was bitten. An animal control officer impounded the 8-week-old female kitten at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington for a stray holding period and 10-day quarantine. The owners of the car she was found in have applied to adopt the kitten.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 3000 block of North Tuckahoe Street: Caller reported that she heard an animal in her attic. She investigated and found a juvenile flying squirrel hiding in a bag. Animal Control responded and picked up the animal for transport to rehab.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 4200 block of North Wilson Boulevard: Received a call about two baby pigeons in a precarious position in a parking garage. Officer Corcoran responded and found two juvenile pigeons, too young to be out of the nest as indicated by the yellow feathers on their heads. Pigeons were transported to a rehabilitation specialist for eventual release.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1000 block of North Quincy Street: Received a call about a hawk trapped in a batting cage at Quincy Park. An animal control officer responded and found a healthy Red Tail hawk, which she immediately released.
Friday, Oct. 4, 5100 block of South Columbia Pike: Arlington County police reported a large, white rabbit running loose in an apartment complex parking lot. Officer Kirk responded and found a domestic rabbit. She tried to locate an owner but was unsuccessful. The rabbit was impounded as a stray.
Friday, Oct. 4, Arlington Cemetery Metro Station: Metro contacted Animal Control about a snake on the platform at the Arlington Cemetery Station. An animal control officer responded and removed a common garter snake from the escalator. She released the snake safely outside the Metro station.