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Alexandria Animal Watch: Injured Grackle; Dogs Tangle with Raccoon, Possum

Some of the most recent calls handled by Animal Control officers from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Officers responded to a call about an injured grackle (not this one). Photo courtesy of allaboutbirds.org
Officers responded to a call about an injured grackle (not this one). Photo courtesy of allaboutbirds.org

Dogs on the loose or tangling with wildlife, injured birds and squirrels...it's all part of the job at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s Animal Control Office.

Here are some of the calls that officers responded to between May 8-13, according to a recent news release from AWLA.

 

May 14

  • 500 block of Virginia Avenue: Officers responded to the report of a dog creating a nuisance and running at large in a neighborhood yard. The dog and owner were located. A report was taken.
  •  900 block Juniper Place: Officers responded to the report of a dog biting a baby raccoon. A report was taken.
  •  5000 block of Seminary Road: Officers responded to the report of a dog running at large. Officers brought the dog to the animal shelter. The owner was located and picked up the dog the next day.


May 15

  • 2900 block of Bryan Street: Officers responded to the report of an injured sparrow. Officers brought the sparrow to the animal shelter where it was determined that its injuries were severe and it was humanely euthanized.
  • 1100 block of Wilkes Street: Officers responded to the report of a dog biting a veterinary assistant. The dog was coming out of anesthesia when it bit the staff member. A report was taken. 
  • 600 block of West Timber Branch Parkway: Officers responded to the report of an injured grackle. Officers brought the grackle to the animal shelter where it was determined that its injuries were severe and it was humanely euthanized.
  • 500 block of Howard Avenue: Officers responded to the report of a newborn finch that had fallen out of its nest. Officers determined that it was unsafe to attempt relocating the finch to its nest. It was determined that the finch was too young to survive on its own and it was humanely euthanized.

 

May 16

  • 6300 block of Gunston Road: Officers responded to the report of an injured squirrel. Officers brought the squirrel to the animal shelter where it was determined that its injuries were severe and it was humanely euthanized.

 
May 17 

  • 200 block of Evans Lane: Officers responded to the report of a dog that got into a fight with an opossum. The dog’s rabies vaccine was up to date.  The opossum was not located.  A report was taken.

 

May 18

  • 100 block of Jones Point Drive: Officers responded to the report of a dog running at large that had been found by a resident and turned over to the United States Park Police. Officers brought the dog to the animal shelter. The owner was located and picked up the dog the same day.

 

 

Elsa June 02, 2014 at 02:04 AM
Why is all this wildlife being killed & not rehabbed? Is there a licensed wildlife rehabilitator on staff that is making the decision that these animals are not treatable? Who is making that decision? There are great licensed wildlife rehabilitators in this area who should be involved.

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