Friday, March 29, 2013
The Dachshund/Beagle and Weimeraner received booster shots and were routinely quarantined following the attack.
A Chantilly resident arrived home on March 25 to find scratches on her dogs, a strong odor in her home and a dead skunk in the backyard. The homeowner called animal control at 6:10 p.m., and an officer tested the skunk for rabies. The results were positive, so the Dachshund/Beagle and Weimeraner received booster shots and were routinely quarantined. Fairfax County animal control said that the skunk likely entered the home, fought with the dogs, and died after leaving the home.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A mix shepherd was also quarantined after biting a man.
Unlicensed dog: An Animal Control Officer on March 23 picked up a stray dog corralled by a resident on the 9500 block of Unity Lane. The officer took the dog to the shelter around 7:50 p.m. When the 28-year-old owner came to claim the Shih Tzu, the Centreville resident was charged with no dog license and no current rabies vaccination. Animal bite: A 44-year-old man reported to Fairfax County animal control that he passed a man and two dogs on leashes while he was walking home on the 12500 block of Sweet Leaf Terrace March 23 at 7 p.m. One of the dogs, a shepherd mix, bit the victim. Officers quarantined the dog as a routine measure.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Encounters with bats, rabid raccoons, and Biscuit, the wild Shih Tzu.
The 12-hour day for Fairfax County Animal Control officers starts at the crack of dawn. At around 6:15 a.m., while the vans are warming up outside 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax County, Admin Sergeant Eric Powell sips coffee and reads the Police Department's latest internal news and messages to five Animal Control officers. One of them starts to talk about a hoarding case, which sometimes goes hand-in-hand with cases of animal neglect. Or what about Biscuit, someone asks, the wild Shih Tzu who's been eluding capture in the Amberleigh neighborhood of Fairfax County for the last two years? "He (Biscuit) looks like a dirty mop," said Animal Control officer Enna Lugo. "And he's so fast, but I'm worried that he's getting sick." Animal Control …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Fairfax County Animal Shelter volunteers put in many hours for love of animals.
On Saturday, the National Day of Service, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter was buzzing with volunteers helping socialize animals, organize donations and help visitors stopping by to adopt a pet. The volunteers do what they do, they say, for the love of the animals sheltered there and to help the animals find homes. In addition to volunteering many of the shelter's volunteers also help the animals by providing foster homes. The shelter, housed in a newly constructed headquarters, is currently accepting new volunteers: According to the shelter's website, the following positions are available: As a new volunteer, you can share your time and talents to help animals in need. Opportunities for involvement include: Cat Room Assistant: Assist …
Monday, August 27, 2012
A roundup of some of the latest Fairfax County animal control incident reports.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Monday, August 27, 2012
The following information was provided by the Fairfax County Police Department. Rabies vector, 5500 block of Willow Valley Road, Clifton, Aug. 16, 8:30 a.m. Animal Control officers were called following a fight between a dog and a skunk. The German Shorthaird Pointer is kept outside and killed the skunk. The skunk will be tested for rabies. The dog received a booster shot and was not injured. Maltreatment of an animal, 8100 block of Colony Point Road, West Springfield, Aug. 17, 2:40 p.m. Animal Control officers took charge of a brown/white Pit Bull mix dog. The dog was left attached to pole with food and water, and, following several attempts, the owner could not be found. Animal service, 1100 block of Cedrus Lane, McLean, Aug. 18, 4:20 p…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
American Kennel Club: Pet theft increasing in U.S., but it's not a problem in Fairfax County
While the American Kennel Club reports a 32 percent increase in dog thefts last year, it is currently not a problem in Fairfax County. The club, which has been tracking such thefts since 2007, says the most common way thieves snatch the dogs is when pets are kept in cars or tied up outside stores while owners are doing errands, says the ASPCA blog, which reported the data. Dognappings often increase during the summer when owners are more apt to combine dog-walking with running errands. The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says pets also are sometimes stolen from yards or during burglaries. Michael Lucas, chief of Animal Control for Fairfax County, said his office has not worked a dog larceny case in the last year. "…
Friday, June 1, 2012
Cat cages at the shelter are full.
Kitten season has arrived and Fairfax County officials say that they need help to handle the massive number of cats in their care. The cat cages at the shelter are full, and volunteers are also taking care of 100 cats through the county's foster program, according to a press release issued by the Fairfax County Police Department Thursday. Animal control officials say that the problem is in part due to the warm winter temperatures this year, which makes cats go into heat. During the summer season, many people also bring older cats in to the shelter because of allergies or moving to a new home. The problem also extends to areas outside Fairfax County. “We have held special adoption events, appealed to our rescue partners and have been …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Animal control responded to multiple calls for dog bites in addition to an attack on therapeutic riding program horses in Herndon.
Every week, the Fairfax County Police department releases a list of Animal Control incidents at the end of its weekly incident report. Patch is compiling these responses at the end of each month. Animal Wounding Between April 25 and 26, three horses were wounded near Frying Pan Farm Park in the 2600 block of Centreville Road. The horses were cut by a sharp object on their hind quarters, leaving about eight-inch gashes. Police say the horses were hurt between 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26. The Fairfax County Police are asking for the public's assistance in finding out who harmed the horses. Animal Bite At 2 p.m. on April 4, a postal carrier was making a delivery on the 5800 block of North Kings Highway …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The following information was provided by the Fairfax County police department. Where arrests are indicated, it does not mean a conviction.
Every week, the Fairfax County Police department releases a list of Animal Control incidents at the end of its weekly incident report. Patch will compile these responses at the end of each month for our readers’ convenience. Maltreatment of an Animal Around 1:15 p.m. on March 15, 2012, Animal Control Officers responded to a report of a dog locked in a vehicle on the 15000 block of Conference Center Drive. After the fire department was able to enter the vehicle and remove the dog, a 59-year-old Norfolk man was charged with providing inadequate shelter. The dog was not injured. Animal at Large/Dog Bite Around 6 p.m. on March 8, 2012, a victim reported he had been bitten by a brown German Shepherd that was being chased by two girls near 7400 …