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.
May 3, 2013 –
A Humane Law Enforcement Officer responded to a call regarding a family who had abandoned their cat outside. The family explained that the cat was urinating inappropriately in their apartment, so they have been putting him outside during the day. The Officer discovered that the cat is likely spraying, because he is not neutered. The Officer strongly advised having their cat sterilized to help with the behavior issue and gave the family information on the low-cost sterilization services available through the WHS Spay and Neuter Center.
May 10, 2013 –
A Humane Law Enforcement Officer responded to a call about a sick cat that had been ill for the past two days. The Officer met with the owner to discuss veterinary care for the cat. The owner explained that the cat is approximately 20 years old and has recently been experiencing health issues. The owner said that she didn’t have the resources to bring the cat to a veterinarian, and she decided to surrender the cat to WHS.
May 15, 2013 –
A WHS Humane Law Enforcement Officer responded to a call about a dog locked in a car with the windows rolled up for an hour, while the outside temperature was in the 80s. The approximately 10-month-old male Labrador mix dog was being removed from the vehicle by the Metropolitan Police Department as a WHS Officer arrived. The internal vehicle temperature was 98 degrees, and the dog was panting. Officers were able to locate the owner through an identification tag on the dog, and the owner arrived on scene immediately. The owner, a resident of Alaska, was given a warning about the hazards of leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle.
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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