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Caring for All Animals

Protecting animals and working with our community to prevent cruelty is what our dedicated field services team does day in and day out, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We believe that every animal matters—regardless of breed, size, age, or any other factor. Recently, one case surrounding one small reptile proved just that.  

In December, our Animal Care & Control Officers were assisting Metropolitan Police Department Officers with a search warrant at the home of Darnell Jones, 34, in Washington, DC, when they came across a snake. The snake was extremely underweight and appeared to be having difficulty shedding her skin which is indicative of significant husbandry and care issues. The subsequent investigation by Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Triebwasser revealed that the snake had been underweight for seven months and had never at any point during that time been taken to a veterinarian for proper care.

Local K-9 Team Finishes Second in National Competition

Local K-9 Team Finishes Second in National Competition

Great news for Alexandria Law Enforcement!

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office K-9 team took second place overall in explosives detection at a national competition last week.

Sherman, a six-year-old Labrador retriever and his partner, Deputy John O’Hara, competed at the United States Police Canine Association’s National Detector Dog Field Trial against 80 K-9 teams from across the country from Sunday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 23, in Lakeland, Florida.

The explosives trials consisted of an odor recognition test, searches of three areas, and five vehicles full of hidden explosives.

Woman Sets Commercial Building Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged an adult female, Thursday, January 12, 2012, with intentionally setting multiple fires in a commercial building in the McLean area of Fairfax County. Fire investigators charged Irma Hernandez, 33, of Arlington, with burning an occupied commercial office building, Virginia Code 18.2-80, a Class 3 felony.   

Hernandez is charged with setting multiple fires in an office building in the 1300 block of Dolly Madison Boulevard over a period of several weeks. The fires were primarily set in mechanical rooms and bathrooms.

Damage totals are estimated at $500.

Hernandez is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

WHS Protects and Serves DC Animals in 2011

WHS Protects and Serves DC Animals in 2011

2011 has been another busy year for our field services team, comprised of our Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) and Animal Care and Control Officers. To date, our field services division has responded to nearly 15,000 new calls, including over 1,300 cases of animal cruelty and neglect investigated by our HLE officers.  

Police Investigate Residential Burglaries

From Falls Church City and Arlington County Police:

Falls Church City and Arlington County Police are investigating a series of recent residential burglaries and ask residents to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity immediately.  Ten residential burglaries occurred in neighborhoods adjacent to Broadmont in the City of Falls Church and East Falls Church in Arlington between Sept. 2 and Oct. 7.  Most of these incidents occurred between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. on various days of the week.