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.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 800 block of South Adams Street: AWLA received a call from a well-intentioned but intoxicated resident who wanted to report that he had found a bird and held it overnight. An animal control officer arrived to find a healthy fledgling dove and released it back into the area in which it was found.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 700 block of North Florida Street: AWLA received a call about a potentially sick or injured cat in caller’s back yard. An animal control officer responded and observed a healthy and aloof cat — one that was not particularly interested in socializing with her but preferred to lounge in the sun. The officer decided to leave the animal in the area, as it likely lives in one of the homes in neighborhood. Note: Statistics show that cats who have escaped their homes have a much better chance of making back if they are left in the area of their home. Animals taken to the shelter are more likely to be exposed to disease and are less likely to be reunited with their owners. There is no leash law for cats in Arlington County.
Thursday, Sept. 26, Arlington National Cemetery: AWLA received a call received about an injured hawk on the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery. An animal control officer responded and picked up a non-native hawk, which was transported to the Raptor Conservancy for evaluation. It was determined that the bird is a Broadwing Hawk, which is migrating south, commonly done after Labor Day. The hawk had a serious compound fracture to the left shoulder and was transported to a surgeon.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 900 block of North Madison Street: A caller reported an injured hawk that had been sitting at the base of his driveway for approximately four hours. An animal control officer responded and found an injured Red-Tail Hawk and transported the animal directly to the Raptor Conservancy. Rehabilitation specialist Kent Knowles reported that the hawk had some abrasions and may have been hit by a car. He will recover at the Raptor Conservancy; it is reported that he is a great candidate for eventual release. Note: Food and related trash thrown out on the side of the road can attract small animals, which are hunted by hawks and, in turn, often hit by cars.
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2100 block of North Pierce Street: Management at an apartment complex reported a stray domestic snake in the ceiling. An animal control officer was able to remove the healthy, juvenile Ball Python. The animal was transported to a facility that can accommodate the snake's needs for its stray period, and if no one claims the animal, it will likely be placed in an adoptive home.