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Shih Tzu Happens: Calling the Washington Humane Society on a family member can’t be easy. But on Dec. 20, the grandchild of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s did the deed. Her male tan-and-white Shih Tzu wasn’t being cared for, the caller said. A Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) officer went to investigate at the woman’s home in the 1300 block of First Street SW and found a dog with a matted coat and missing fur. The animal was surrendered and is receiving medical treatment.

Home Alone: Missing a dog? Responding to a complaint on Dec. 19, an HLE officer found a “young brown brindle Cane Corso type” canine in the backyard of a home in the 1600 block of First Street NW. Without protection from the elements, the dog was at the mercy of the day’s record-breaking snow. No one was home and the officer impounded the animal.

The same day, the Humane Society received another call about a dog left outside—this time, in the backyard of a house in the 600 block of Morris Road NE. HLE met with a resident there who said the gray pit bull belonged to her son, who couldn’t get home because of the snow. She couldn’t bring the dog in herself, she said, for health reasons. The animal was friendly, so the HLE officer put it on a leash and brought it inside.

Three’s Company: Three cats may be living in their own apartment in a building in the 400 block of Ridge Road SE. In response to a Dec. 22 call about a trio of felines possibly abandoned there, an HLE officer is “currently working with the property management to determine if anyone lives in the apartment and is caring for the cats.”

Source: Washington Humane Society

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