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WHS Spay & Neuter Center Announces Expanded Hours

This story comes to us from Jacqueline H. Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington Humane Society (WHS) National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center, a high-quality, low-cost facility located in the heart of Capitol Hill, is announcing new expanded service hours beginning in July. WHS has committed its staff and resources to solving the overwhelming issue of pet overpopulation by offering safe, affordable, high-volume sterilizations in the D.C. metropolitan area to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering our shelters.

 

WHS Waives Cat Adoption Fees in June

 

This notice comes to us from the Washington Humane Society:

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June, the Washington Humane Society (WHS), in collaboration with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the makers of Fresh Step litter, is participating in a fee-waived adoption program to help find loving homes for cats. During the month of June, WHS will waive adoption fees on all cats over the age of 2 at both of its shelter locations.    

 

Washington Humane Society Urges Public to Protect Pets from Extreme Heat

 

This story comes to us from Jacquie Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington, D.C. area is under a heat advisory, and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet companions to pay special attention to their animals during extreme high temperatures.

 

“Pets are vulnerable in severe heat, and they depend on their caretakers to provide what is needed for them to stay healthy and cool,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “When warm weather is uncomfortable for people, it can quickly lead to life-threatening heat exhaustion in pets.”

 

The Washington Humane Society offers the following tips to keep pets safe during the current heat advisory and upcoming warm summer months:

 

Bomb Dog Retiring after Nearly Nine Years

Bomb Dog Retiring after Nearly Nine Years

From Fairfax County Police Department:

 

   Nine years is such a long career…..for a dog! After eight and a half years of service, Puget will retire from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) and spend his days relaxing at home with his handler, MPO Tom Eggers.

            As a bomb dog, Puget responded to literally hundreds of calls for suspicious packages and bomb threats. His job was to respond to schools, businesses or any public area where a general bomb threat was reported and use his extraordinary sense of smell to search for the presence of explosive materials or devices. Puget can enter a room or area and detect in seconds what would take humans hours to locate, if ever. 

Townhouse Fire Causes Death of Family Pet

In Centreville this weekend, a malfunctioning microwave turned into a tragic accident. A kitchen microwave started a fire in a townhouse on the 5600 block of Sheals Lane on Saturday morning. Luckily, no one was home at the time and no people were injured by the fire. 

However, the electrical fire did kill the homeowner’s dog. When the fire department arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the building and worked to contain the blaze in about 20 minutes. The damage is estimated at about $160,000 and no other homes were damaged.

Investigation Continues with Dog Poisoning Case

In Leesburg, VA, Harley, an 8-year-old beagle mix suddenly got violently ill last Thursday. The canine was rushed to Leesburg Veterinary Hospital after vomiting all over the house and not being able to stand up. Harley started to have seizures on Friday, and was not showing any signs of recovery. The beagle mix was put down that day as suggested by the veterinarian.

Harley’s owner found a 12 X 12 aluminum pan in his backyard which had an unidentifable yellow liquid inside it. An investigation was opened by Leesburg Police and Loudoun County Animal Care and Control. From initial tests conducted by the vet clinic, it was determined that the substance was likely a mix of antifreeze and some type of meat product. The pan is also being tested for fingerprints.

Once someone is convicted they could face up to five years in prison because in Virginia poisoning a dog can lead to charges of a Class Six Felony.