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Week in Springfield

Police Undercover Operation Nets 23 Men

Police arrested more than 20 men and charged them with solicitation of prostitutes on Thursday, Aug. 15.

In response to citizen concerns and to discourage illegal activity in Fairfax County, police performed an undercover operation throughout the county between 3 and 10 p.m.

Officers worked in an undercover capacity and, after communicating online, met men at four different hotels.

Arrests took place at hotels in Springfield, Falls Church, Herndon and the Tysons Corner area. In all, 23 men were charged. One of the men was also charged with possession of cocaine.

The investigation was led by the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division (OCN) and supplemented by patrol officers. OCN detectives have developed community outreach relationships with local hotels. Businesses request this type of pro-active approach of law enforcement to thwart illegal activity in their establishments.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Celebrate National Dog Day at the Shelter

Get ready for lots of woofs, ruffs, and barks, along with plenty of laughter and fun this weekend, at the first-ever National Dog Day celebration at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Join dozens of your furry friends on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 4500 West Ox Road for the festive events.

There are many breeds, ages, and sizes of dogs available for adoption this week. The shelter goal is to help find loving homes for the 25+ dogs available right now.

In addition to being opened on Sunday, which is rare, Dog Day attendees will enjoy:

*Fee-waived adoptions all weekend on dogs and puppies

*Doggie Pool Parties; adoptive families will be able to watch all dogs playing together outdoors

*Free training consultation with certified dog trainer

*Tours of the new shelter

*Games and prizes throughout the day.

*Face painter artist (afternoon hours)

*Snow Cone station (while they last)

For more information, contact Kristen Auerbach, Animal Shelter Director of Communications & Outreach at 703-324-0208. Don’t forget to check out the Animal Shelter’s new calendar of upcoming events.