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.
June 2 – Rat Snake Spotted in Southeast
DC Animal Care and Control dispatch received four separate calls about a healthy three-foot-long adult black rat snake. WHS Animal Control Officer Mary Woolverton educated bystanders about non-lethal rat snakes. She also explained that if she were to remove the snake, the rat snake population would probably increase. By the end of her discussion, the community was content to have the snake left in his natural habitat.
June 4 – Underweight Pit Bull Type Dog Rescued
An approximately eight-month-old female pit bull type dog was rescued for being chronically underweight. The owner had been advised by a WHS Humane Law Enforcement Officer to have the dog examined by a veterinarian, but the owner refused to do so. After the dog was rescued, she was taken to a veterinarian and diagnosed with a hookworm infestation.
June 14 – Grackle Bird Found in WASA Water Treatment Plant
Director of Animal Control Field Services Raymond Noll responded to a report of a juvenile Grackle bird who had fallen into the raw sewerage canal at the WASA Water Treatment Plant. Director Noll rescued the bird, and upon examination, found that the bird unable to fly due to being covered in feces. Otherwise, the bird had no obvious injuries. The Grackle was transported to the WHS DC Animal Care and Control Facility, and with the help of Wildlife Specialist Robin Schindler, the bird was cleaned up and released later that evening.
June 18 – Cat Surrendered with Embedded Collar
A WHS Humane Law Enforcement Officer is investigating an incident in which a young male cat was surrendered to WHS with a collar that had become embedded. The cat required treatment under sedation to remove the collar. This case is pending further investigation, and the cat is recovering well at the WHS Georgia Avenue Adoption Center.
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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