Loudoun County animal watch

April 30

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.

Chairs arrive with a bonus: Taylors Valley Lane, Lovettsville, April 20. A caller reported finding four baby raccoons inside a shipping crate from Pennsylvania. The caller, expecting to find four chairs in the crate, discovered the raccoons, as well. An animal control officer took the 10-day-old raccoons to a veterinarian for rehabilitation.

Electrical failure: Diskin Pl., Leesburg, April 21. A caller reported confining a stray dog at a home. An animal control officer scanned the border-collie-type dog for a microchip and identified an owner. The officer returned the dog to its home and was told that an electric fence had been recently installed there. The officer reminded the dog’s owner about the law against dogs running loose.

Fire station dogs were not Dalmatians: Washington St., Middleburg, April 21. Two stray dogs made their way to a fire station. An animal control officer scanned the Chihuahua-type dogs for microchips but detected none. He impounded the dogs and took them to the animal shelter.

Get a horse, or four: Braddock Rd., Aldie, April 22. Four horses were reported to be in a road. An animal control officer confined the horses in a paddock, with help from a resident. The officer contacted the horses’ owner and reminded the owner about the nuisance ordinance.

No love for skunk at tennis facility: Lowes Island Blvd., Sterling, April 22. A sick skunk was reported to be near a tennis facility. An animal control officer observed that the skunk had a leg wound but was otherwise alert, responsive and in good condition. The officer relocated the skunk to a less-populated area.

— Compiled by J.C. Reed

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