Loudoun County Animal Watch

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.

Dog in danger: James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, Aug. 17. A caller reported seeing a boxer-type dog confined inside a truck. The responding animal control officer determined that the temperature inside the truck was 103.8 degrees. The outside temperature was 80 degrees. The officer contacted the owner and issued a citation.

Hopping hawk: Loudoun County Pkwy., Ashburn, Aug. 17. A caller reported seeing a hawk on the parkway. An animal control officer observed that the hawk could not fly and was hopping on one leg. The officer took the hawk to a veterinarian.

No booty for bandit: Ashburn Village Blvd., Aug. 20. A raccoon became stuck in an empty dumpster. An animal control officer removed the raccoon, which appeared healthy and uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Sticky situation for snake: Gemstone Ct., Leesburg, Aug. 20. A snake was caught on a sticky trap. An animal control officer removed the snake without resultant injury and returned it to the wild.

No place for slow-moving animal: Fairview St., Leesburg, Aug. 22. A snapping turtle was in a road. An animal control officer removed the turtle from the road and released it to a pond area.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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