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.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4800 block of South 8th Street: Caller reported a stray domestic bird in his driveway. An animal control officer responded and was able to capture the stray white parakeet. Parakeet was impounded and is expected to be available for adoption.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5200 block of North Yorktown Boulevard: Complainant witnessed a cat hit by a car at George Mason Drive and Yorktown Boulevard. The caller stayed at the scene with the cat until an animal control officer arrived. The officer transported the cat to VCA Alexandria for treatment. Upon arrival at the hospital, the cat was scanned for a microchip, which was found. The owner had adopted the cat from AWLA. The owner was contacted and met the officer at the hospital.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5500 block of South 7th Road: Received a call from a resident concerned about a raccoon that looked sick. An animal control officer responded within 20 minutes, but was not able to locate the animal.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 5400 block of South 7th Road: AWLA received a call about a sick-looking raccoon, just one block from where a sick raccoon was seen, but not captured, the previous evening. An animal control officer was able to capture the raccoon and humanely euthanized it.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2500 block of South Clark Street: AWLA received a call about an injured pigeon. An animal control officer responded and retrieved the banded pigeon, likely a homing pigeon, which had an injury to his chest that exposed the inside of his crop. The injury was too significant and the pigeon was humanely euthanized.