Animal Control officers in Alexandria deal with a variety of calls every week. Here's a glance at some recent incidents in the city courtesy of Patrick Egan of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Wild ride for one kitten — On Oct. 13, an Animal Control officer responded to the 1400 block of N. Beauregard Street after a family visiting the area discovered a kitten in distress underneath the fender of their rental car.
The officer couldn’t determine how long the kitten had been trapped, but believed there was a good chance the car had driven some distance with the cat.
The Alexandria Fire Department was called in to assist in removing the fender from the car in order to access the terrified kitten, which refused to exit on its own accord.
When the fender was removed, the kitten bolted from the car and hid in nearby bushes.
Unable to locate the kitten, the officer set out a humane trap and some food in order to safely capture the kitten.
The animal was later successfully trapped and taken to the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter.
Dogs confiscated — An Alexandria resident surrendered two dogs to an Animal Control officer after a neighbor reported them as being chained outdoors at all times.
On Sept. 30, the officer responded to the unit block of E. Reed Avenue after receiving a report concerning the two chained dogs.
The resident of the home said neither of the dogs had any known veterinary history, vaccinations or city licenses. The resident chose to surrender the dogs to the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter.
Animal Control reminds residents that Virginia and Alexandria law requires all companion cats and dogs 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies, and Alexandria law requires all companion cats and dogs to be licensed.
Alexandria Shelter Walk — AWLA will host its second annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals on Oct. 20 at Market Square in Old Town. Dogs are welcome, and walkers are encouraged to bring their canine friends.
The event is the only fundraising walk that benefits AWLA and the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter.
For more information and to register, please visit the event website.