The Washington Humane Society (WHS) Field Services Officers have seen it all, and still every day holds never-before-seen situations. Below are a few stories from the field, where our Officers, presented with unique and challenging episodes, had to think fast and creatively to save lives.
April 11, 2013 -
Animal Care and Control Officers responded to a report that a store was illegally selling baby slider turtles. At the store, the Officers observed three yellow-eared baby slider turtles in small plastic containers. When the owner was questioned, he said they were for sale for $12 each. Further questioning revealed there were 50 more baby turtles in a small mixing bowl on a shelf above the soda machine. The owner was advised that the turtles were considered prohibited animals within the District and were rescued by Corporal Covington and Officer Windley. The 53 turtles will be relocated to a turtle rescue in Maryland.
April 19, 2013 –
Animal Care and Control Officers responded to a report of a Canada Goose stuck in a sewer treatment raw sewage canal. They observed an adult Canada goose floating on a life preserver that a worker had thrown in. The goose had been struggling in the canal for almost an hour. When the team approached, the goose began swimming in the sewage. Director of Animal Control Field Services Raymond Noll safely pulled the goose from the canal with an extended net. The goose was immediately rinsed off with fresh water and assessed for health and injuries. The goose was suffering from exhaustion but was otherwise injury-free. The goose was then wrapped in a warm blanket and transported to the WHS DC Animal Care and Control Facility on New York Avenue. Wildlife Specialist Robin Schindler did a thorough cleaning of the goose, now named “Pittman,” and found him to be in good health with no injuries. Pittman was given food, water and space to rest. After a healthy assessment the following morning, April 20, Corporal Covington and Officer Velasquez released Pittman, and he promptly joined new flock of Canadian Geese.
WHS Officers are available 24/7 for animals and wildlife in need. Call DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664 for animal or wildlife emergencies and advice. See or suspect animal neglect or abuse? Call our Humane Law Enforcement team at 202-BE-HUMANE.
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