Alexandria Animal Watch
The following are recent calls for service involving the League’s Animal Control Officers.
The Cat and the Bat
On March 11, the League’s on-call Emergency Service Technician responded to a call for service in the 5800 block of Edsall Road. The caller reported that a bat flew into her apartment and was caught and injured by her cat. Without touching the bat, the caller was able to cover the bat with a box and placed it outside of the apartment.
The EST arrived and located the bat, which was severely injured. The bat was transported back to the shelter where it was humanely euthanized due to its injuries and for the purposes of rabies testing.
The EST called the resident to confirm that the bat had been removed and would be tested for rabies. The caller stated that her cat has had a rabies vaccination in the past, but it may not be current. The EST advised the caller to check her records and/or call her veterinarian, and if not current, her cat should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Animal Control has seen an increase in the number of calls for service regarding raccoons and would like to remind everyone that it is mating season for many species of wildlife. As the weather gets warmer, residents can expect so see and hear more activity and should not be alarmed if raccoons or other wild animals are spotted during daylight hours. Animal Control urges residents to keep all pets indoors, especially at night, or to make sure animals are leashed or supervised when outside. Animal Control will not remove any species of native wildlife that has not entered a living space, unless it is sick, injured, or posing a safety threat.
Hawk Drops in for Visit
On March 5, a juvenile red-tailed hawk became trapped inside a porch in the 3600 block of Orlando Place. The residents of the home reported that the hawk flew through the screened-in porch attached to their home and would not leave.
An Animal Control Officer arrived on the scene and was able to successfully coax the bird out through the porch door. The hawk was uninjured and flew away once it was outside.
Squirrel in Del Ray Apartment
On March 3, Animal Control Officer Jewel was approached by a citizen on the street who reported that a squirrel was loose inside an apartment in the 2400 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue. The citizen was on her way to purchase a trap from a store when she noticed the Animal Control Van parked on the street.
ACO Jewel delivered a humane trap to the apartment and set it to capture the squirrel. Jewel provided the landlord with instructions for use and how to release the squirrel once trapped. On March 4, ACO Jewel called the tenants of the apartment, who reported that the squirrel was still loose but they had not seen or heard it in some time. However, the squirrel had eaten the tenants’ fruit in the kitchen. ACO Jewel advised the tenants to keep the trap and Animal Control will check back periodically for updates.