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Animal shelter takes in 23 dogs from Springfield home

On July 26, Fairfax County Animal Control officers took 23 small dogs from a private home in the Springfield area. Officials said the owner became ill and could no longer care for them. She released the dogs to the county and they are currently being monitored and cared for by a veterinarian.

The dogs, mostly Maltese and bichon frisé breeds, range in condition from fair to very poor. Those that are healthy are being groomed, spayed or neutered, and treated for medical conditions ranging from cataracts to heart murmurs. The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is offering financial support to help treat the dogs. Shelter officials say at least 10 of the dogs are available for adoption and others will become available after they have received further treatment. They range in age from 6 months to 8 years and are friendly and easy to handle. Please call the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 703-830-1100 for information.

Assaults in Franconia

Fairfax County police say that on July 30 there were two unrelated assaults in Franconia.

The first incident took place in the area of Briarleigh Way and Crestleigh Way at approximately 10:15 a.m. Police said a 30-year-old woman was walking when a man appeared and inappropriately touched her and then fled. She was not injured.

The suspect was described as white or Hispanic in his late 20s. He was approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt and light colored pants.

Police said the second event occurred near Backlick Road and Highland Street at approximately 1:30 p.m. A 23-year-old woman was grabbed from behind and inappropriately touched. The man fled. She was not injured. The suspect was described as Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and skinny. He was wearing a black, short-sleeve shirt and black jean shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Bank robbery in the Hybla Valley Area

Fairfax County police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred July 29 around 9 a.m. in Hybla Valley. Police said a man entered the TD Bank at 6615 Richmond Highway and demanded money. The 23-year-old teller complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries.The suspect was described as black, around 180 pounds, medium build, and wearing a blue hat and sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Falls Church man charged with inappropriate touching in public

Fairfax County police charged a Falls Church man on July 20 after he allegedly touched himself inappropriately in a county park. Police said officers were called around 10 a.m. to the 6300 block of Munson Hill Road for the report of a man exposing and inappropriately touching himself along the wood line of the park, near a condominium complex.

Officers located the man and took him into custody.

Shahid Bashir, 31, of the 3200 block of Apex Circle in Falls Church, was charged with actual or simulated masturbation in a public place. Detectives said they would like to hear from anyone who has any additional information about the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Robbery at post office in Falls Church

Fairfax County police officers responded to a Seven Corners Post Office located at 6375 Seven Corners Center for the report of a robbery on July 18 shortly after 11 a.m.

Police said two men entered the post office; one jumped the counter and demanded money from a 55-year-old female employee. The second suspect displayed a handgun and stood near an exit inside the building. They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Two adults experienced undisclosed medical issues during the robbery and were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital in non-life-threatening condition.

Both suspects were described as black, 19-25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and very thin. Both wore masks over their faces; one light, one dark. Police said the suspect who jumped over the counter was thought to be wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans.

This case is being investigated jointly by the Fairfax County Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The USPIS can be contacted at 1-877-876-2455. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

A dozen dogs quarantined at Fairfax County Animal Shelter

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is quarantining about a dozen dogs after one dog there died of pneumonia.

“Approximately one dozen dogs at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter have exhibited symptoms of an unspecified upper respiratory illness with one case of fatal pneumonia,” said shelter spokeswoman Kristen Auerbach.

Auerbach said the shelter has not pinpointed the cause of the potential outbreak but said tests for canine influenza were negative. Auerbach said the dozen sick dogs have been put on antibiotics and seem to be getting better. They will be isolated from other dogs and from the public while they undergo treatment. Healthy dogs will be adopted out and the shelter is currently accepting new animals.