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 Cole, the director of communications and outreach at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
Alexandria Toyota donation — During the month of March, Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota volunteered to donate $10 to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for every new Facebook like the dealer received, with a maximum donation of $2,000.
Alexandria Toyota and AWLA spread the word to animals lovers and supporters, letting them know they could contribute with just one click of the mouse. At the end of the month, Alexandria Toyota received more than 215 new likes and on April 25, AWLA received $2,000 for Alexandria’s homeless animals.
Cat trapped in pipe — On April 18, an Animal Control officer received a report of a cat stuck in a drainage pipe in the 3800 block of Dominion Mill Drive.
When the officer arrived, they did not immediately see or hear the cat. The officer requested assistance from the Alexandria Fire Department, which brought a pipe camera to help locate the cat.
Using the camera, the cat seen moving from one end of the pipe to the other. The officer and the fire department attempted to rescue the cat by inserting a water hose into the pipe and even running water through the pipe, but the cat would not come out.
After the unsuccessful rescue attempt, the resident was advised that the pipe would need to be dug up in order to free the cat.
For more information about Alexandria Animal Control, visit the AWLA website.