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Caring for All Animals

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.

December DWI Arrests Up 12 Percent

From Fairfax County Police Department:

  Fairfax County Police officers arrested 358 drunk drivers as part of their Safe December 2011 efforts. Of those arrested the vast majority (150) were young adults between the ages of 21 and 29. Further analysis shows that 28 were between 15 and 20 years old, 82 were 30-39, 55 were 40-49 and 43 were 50 or older.

 “Despite all our Safe December education and enforcement efforts, hundreds of drivers chose to drink and drive in Fairfax County, presenting an unacceptable safety risk to us all. Clearly, impaired driving remains a threat and our officers will continue to aggressively pursue violators,” said Captain Susan Culin, Commander of the Fairfax County Traffic Division.

Police Target Alcohol Violations for a Safe December 2011 

Police Caution Car Buyers about Private Sales Ads

Police Caution Car Buyers about Private Sales Ads

From Fairfax County Police Department:


Robbery detectives are investigating two cases stemming from fraudulent Craigslist car ads. In three separate incidents, interested car buyers responded to online ads, coordinated a time and place to meet the purported car seller and when they arrived, two males approached and demanded money; at least one suspect displayed a gun.

            The first incident took place in the area of Pohick Road and Wadebrook Terrace on Saturday, September 10 just before 10 p.m.; the two victims, a 34 and a 39-year-old man, relinquished an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspects.

Crime Solvers Seeks Suspects in Overnight Vehicle Tamperings

From Fairfax County Crime Solvers:


Fairfax County Crime Solvers is seeking the public’s help in identifying the person(s) responsible for at least 54 vehicle tamperings that occurred in several neighborhoods throughout the Franconia Police District. During the overnight hours of Sunday, September 4 through Monday, September 5 the suspect(s) used a BB or pellet gun to shoot the parked vehicles. Damage is estimated to be about $15,000. 

            These vehicle tamperings occurred in the following locations:

·         5900 block of Ridgeview Drive

·         5400 block of Broadmoor Street

·         7600 and 7700 block of Hayfield Road

·         5800 block of Helmsdale Lane

·         6100 block of Charles Arrington Drive

Dog Owner Plans Lawsuit Against Cops Who Shot His Dog

Dog Owner Plans Lawsuit Against Cops Who Shot His Dog

Residents of the Parklawn neighborhood who had repeatedly complained about a loose pit bull needn’t worry any more – Fairfax County police officers shot and killed the dog in Saturday while the owner, Tom Tomlo of Everglade Drive, was at work.

Lucy Caldwell, a spokesperson with Animal Control, says the department received a call on Saturday about a loose dog, and when police officers arrived, the dog charged, so an officer shot it.

Tomlo heard about the incident from a neighbor and rushed home. When he got there, he found “three or four police cars and a caravan in front of my house and my dog lying on the front porch with a bullet in his head.”