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Arlington Animal Control Reports: Raccoons Invade Douglas Park Home, Bird Caught in Trap

The latest animal control reports from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

This sparrow was recently caught in a glue trap in South Arlington. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington
This sparrow was recently caught in a glue trap in South Arlington. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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.

Friday, Aug. 9, 2000 block of Randolph Street: A resident reported that four raccoons had pushed themselves into her son’s bedroom through the gaps of a window air-conditioning unit. The resident chased the raccoons out of the room with a broom. An animal control officer responded to verify that all of the raccoons had been removed from the property and to speak to the neighbors who had been feeding the raccoons.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2500 block of 16th Street North: The league received a call from a resident concerning their Savannah cat that had become stuck and suspended by its harness 30 feet up a tree. An animal control officer responded with a cherry picker from a tree company to rescue and return the cat safely to the owner.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 4000 block of South 28th Street: A Good Samaritan found a bird stuck to a glue trap and brought the bird to the league. An animal control officer removed the fledgling house sparrow from the trap with oil and bathed it several times to remove the oil and glue. The bird was transferred to City Wildlife, a new rehab facility in Washington. The league encourages residents not to use glue mice traps because other wildlife, like birds, can become stuck, too.

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