Loudoun County animal watch
These were among cases received by Loudoun County Animal Services. For information on the county shelter’s hours and location, adoption and licensing, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering, call 703-777-0406 in eastern Loudoun or 540-882-3211 in western Loudoun.
Small problem: Broadlands Center Plaza, Ashburn, Feb. 2. A stray Chihuahua was dropped off at a business. Employees thought the dog was from the surrounding neighborhood. An animal control officer checked the area and lost-pet reports but found no matches. The Chihuahua was taken to the animal shelter.
Hawk hops to it: Potomac Ridge Ct., Sterling, Feb. 3. A hawk on a low tree branch appeared to have a broken wing. When an animal control officer arrived, the hawk hopped to higher branches and could not be confined.
Hound hangs around: Creek Ridge Lane, Middleburg, Feb. 4. An apparently injured hound was reported to be in the back yard of a residence. An animal control officer saw that the dog had a cut on a hind leg. The hound had identification and was returned to its owner.
Young and unafraid: Beach Pl., Chantilly, Feb. 6. A caller reported putting a trash can over a raccoon that appeared to be ill. An animal control officer determined that the raccoon was not sick or injured, just young and not afraid of people. The raccoon was returned to the wild.
Dog is left in car that leaves: Cranston St., Sterling, Feb. 6. A small, poodle-type dog was reported to be confined in a vehicle and panting heavily. When an animal control officer arrived, the vehicle had left.