Good Friday morning, Alexandria!
Today’s weather is mostly cloudy with a high of 88. There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning up until 2 p.m., with showers likely after that. Tomorrow: chance of showers again. High near 92.
🚨 You need to know
Last week, someone left out pieces of sausage with fishhooks in them in what seems to be an attempt to injure local dogs. Now, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined the hunt for the suspect.
The organization is adding another $5,000 to the existing $5,000 reward offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for planting pieces of sausage embedded with fishhooks at the Duke and Ingram streets intersection.
The full release from PETA — which somewhat comically called the city “Alexandria, Wash.” — is below:
PETA is offering up to $5,000 in addition to the $5,000 offered by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for planting pieces of sausage embedded with fishhooks around the intersection of Duke and Ingram streets.
Local resident Sarah Eberhardt was walking her dog Potato in the area around 9:30 a.m. last Friday when Potato picked up one of the sausage pieces and began gagging on it. Eberhardt called Animal Services, which canvassed the area and found nine sausage pieces with hooks inside them. After a visit to an emergency animal hospital, Potato is home and expected to make a full recovery.
“Companion animals and wildlife are in imminent danger as long as the cruel person(s) responsible for this malicious act is walking around free,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA urges people to stay alert when walking their dogs and asks anyone with information to come forward immediately before someone gets hurt.”
An investigation is ongoing, but there are currently no leads in the case, so PETA and the AWLA are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information, including residents in the vicinity with security camera footage, such as Ring recordings, should contact the AWLA at 703-746-6000 or [email protected].
The AWLA has been surveying the area daily to ensure that no additional sausages have been planted. However, PETA notes that dog guardians should always be vigilant when walking their companions and report any suspicious activity.
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📅 Upcoming events
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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).
ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.
This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.
If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!
In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.
Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!
This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA