Loudoun County animal watch

April 24, 2013

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.

Nothing but net: Ashburn Farm Pkwy., Ashburn, April 13. A hawk became entangled in batting cage netting. An animal control officer cut the hawk out of the net and, because it appeared to be uninjured, released it to the wild.

Bird has Santa moment: Forest Green Lane, Lovettsville, April 13. A bird flew down the chimney of a home and into the fireplace. When an animal control officer arrived, the bird was flying around in the house. The officer captured the bird, which was uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Cow goes to school: Greenstone Dr., Aldie, April 13. A cow was reported to be grazing in a field behind a school. When an animal control officer arrived, the cow had gone to a nearby neighborhood. The owner was contacted, and the cow was moved to a different field while its fence was repaired.

Rabid raccoon: Providence Village Dr., Sterling, April 15. A caller reported being bitten by a raccoon on the balcony of a home. The raccoon also had contact with the caller’s cat. An animal control officer took the raccoon to the animal shelter for rabies testing. The test result was positive.

County gets grant from ASPCA: Charles Town Pike, Waterford, April 19. Loudoun County Animal Services received a $3,000 anti-cruelty grant from the ASPCA to cover the veterinary fees and other expenses incurred in caring for 10 pit bulls seized by animal control officers on the Dulles Greenway in September.

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