“We found these two dogs roaming around the Columbia Heights/Petworth area this morning around 10am (originally spotted on Lamont). We called animal control, but they seem friendly and have collars (no tags), so figured an owner may be worried and looking for them!”

If anyone recognizes them, email [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP. Thanks.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Julian Ortiz

“Dear PoPville,

This happened at the intersection of 7th and Gallatin NW, just south of Kennedy St.

Yesterday my husband and I had an intense and scary encounter with a pit bull while walking our dog Lucky, a twenty-three pound mixed breed. Before I give you the harrowing details, know that everyone’s ok, but I want to share it to highlight three important message:

1) NEUTER your dog! There is absolutely NO reason for anyone who isn’t a professional dog breeder to have intact dogs (and even that’s questionable in many cases). Especially male dogs. Period.

2) EVERY DOG should have BASIC OBEDIENCE TRAINING and SOCIALIZATION with both dogs and people. Especially larger, powerful breeds.

3) NEVER let your dog roam freely and never just stick it out in your yard, even if you think it can’t get out.

Here’s what happened. We took Lucky on a long walk yesterday afternoon. About a mile from our house in a residential neighborhood we spotted a large pit bull that was off leash with no human in sight across the intersection we were approaching. This was a big dog, I’d guess 70-80 lbs, with a huge head, ripped muscles, and an intense stare.

Now, I know that pit bulls are great dogs and that most problems associated with them are 100% caused by how people raise and treat them. But I’m not so naive to think that there’s not the seedy pit bull dog fight/guard/status culture going on in DC where these dogs are trained and encouraged to be aggressive, especially towards other dogs. We had no way of knowing which kind of pit bull we were about to encounter. (more…)

Photos courtesy SVYE

Update from The Humane Rescue Alliance:

UDPATE: According to our humane law enforcement officer, the dog is no longer outside and the owner has agreed to bring her inside when necessary.

“The Humane Rescue Alliance and our humane law enforcement team has been actively monitoring the dog on Randolph Street and until today we were in regular contact with the dog’s owner. It is our understanding that the owner of the home where the dog was being sheltered was arrested this afternoon (apparently unrelated to the animal). The owner of the dog has subsequently removed her from her outdoor shelter and we are trying to determine the whereabouts of the dog and her owner.

As difficult as the video was to watch, people should understand that this situation with the dog’s shelter does not violate District law; the dog had shelter, in a wooden structure that is raised with straw bedding; the dog was being fed and given water.

Because this did not violate the law, we were limited as to what actions we could take. People should rest assured that when laws are violated, we seize animals. In fact, during this past weekend, we have seized two dogs from two different locations who were being kept outside without proper shelter. We constantly advise pet owners to bring their animals inside during extreme temperatures, and urged this dog’s owner to do just that repeatedly. We are continuing to closely monitor this developing situation.

If you see something, say something. To report suspected abuse or neglect, please call 202-723-5730.”


“Dear PoPville,

Many of you are aware of the neglected dog that is kept outside 24/7 year round in a small pen in the backyard of the 1300 block of Randolph Street, NW. It is 23 degrees outside and snowing, and she is still there- shivering and shaking in the cold. A few of us have reported this situation repeatedly, and have been given conflicting information from Humane Law Enforcement regarding the level of care the owner is legally required to provide.

DC Code § 22–1001 (a) (1) states that, “Whoever knowingly…or unnecessarily fails to provide…proper food, drink, air, light, space, veterinary care, shelter, or protection from the weather, shall for every such offense be punished by imprisonment in jail not exceeding 180 days, or by fine not exceeding $250, or by both.”

I don’t how the wooden box, even with straw bedding, but lacking any heat source or even windflap to keep cold/precipitation out, suffices as “shelter, or protection from the weather”. There is no way that the temperatures in that “shelter” are above freezing.

Please help us end this animal’s suffering by calling to report this cruel and neglected situation. The phone number for the Humane Rescue Alliance/Humane Law Enforcement is 202-576-6664. You can leave an anonymous report if you do not wish to leave your name.

Update: We continue to be informed that HRA/HLE’s hands are tied, and the best way to help out is to pressure the Mayor, Council Members, and maybe HRA’s Board of Directors and even Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton to fix this situation today.” (more…)


“My dog walker stumbled across this lost dog in Brookland. I’m hoping we can find the owner! Please let me know if anyone in the Brookland area recognizes this pup!”

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“This little guy was found last night ,( Saturday Dec 17) . In Rock Creek park near Klingle RD and Park RD. He obviously is loved as he is all dressed and showing off his holiday spirit. If you could please post this so he can find his way home for the holidays. I can be contacted at 202-802-8365. He is safe, warm and fed but really wants to go home. Judi”

Update: Found!


“I found this pup wandering on the street around 9pm at 12th and Hamlin St NE. He was shaking from cold but is really friendly. He looks like a pitbull or pitbull mix I called animal control but he’s so friendly and has a choke collar so I thought maybe he might be missing.”

If you recognize this guy please email [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP.