Loudoun County animal watch

April 9

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 walks the line: Charles Town Pike, Hamilton, March 30. A caller reported seeing a dog walking near a road. An animal control officer found the dog at the edge of a property line near the road. As the officer approached the dog, it ran closer to the house. The officer contacted the owner, who said she was unaware that the dog had escaped from its home. The officer confirmed that the dog had a current rabies vaccine and county license.

Raccoon parks itself in garage: Creamer Lane, Purcellville, March 31. A caller reported that an injured or ill raccoon had gotten into a garage. An animal control officer found that the raccoon appeared bright and alert but had a small limp. The raccoon was returned to the wild.

“Can we keep it?” Bronco Lane, Lovettsville, March 31. A parent reported that a Labrador-type dog had followed a child home. An animal control officer impounded the dog, which had a collar but no tags, did not have a microchip and did not match lost-pet reports. The officer took the dog to the animal shelter.

Muskrat loves freedom: Summerall Dr., Aldie, March 31. A caller reported seeing a muskrat stuck in a chain-link fence. An animal control officer freed the muskrat, which appeared uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Stray cat taken to vet: Carnaby Way, Leesburg, April 2. A caller reported a cat that appeared to be sick or injured. An animal control officer found that the domestic shorthair seemed to be in poor condition and had patches of missing hair. The cat, which did not have a microchip and did not match a lost-pet report, was taken to a veterinarian.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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