Loudoun County animal watch

May 1, 2013

These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of 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.

Lesson about a rabbit at a school: Sugarland Run Dr., Sterling, April 22. An all-white domestic rabbit was reported to be hopping around a field at a school. An animal control officer could not find the rabbit. Domestic rabbits need people to care for them and cannot survive in the wild.

Bat gets into garage: Kojun Ct., Sterling, April 22. A bat was reported to be in a garage at a residence. When an animal control officer arrived, the bat was dead. It was verified that no humans or pets had been exposed to the bat, so it was not tested for rabies.

Dog seizes an opportunity: Charles Town Pike, Purcellville, April 22. A caller reported confining to a vehicle a stray terrier-type dog had darted in front of the caller’s vehicle. An animal control officer located the dog’s owner, who said that workers at his property had left a gate open, allowing the dog to escape from the yard.

Rocky time for squirrel: Barnfield Sq., Leesburg, April 24. A caller reported an injured squirrel in a road. An animal control officer found the disoriented but uninjured squirrel under a parked car. The officer took the squirrel to a veterinarian for evaluation.

Another squirrel tale: Cowgill Court, Ashburn, April 25. A squirrel became trapped in an upstairs room in a home. An animal control officer found the squirrel to be healthy and uninjured and returned it to the wild.

— Compiled by J.C. Reed

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