Loudoun County animal watch

May 14

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.

Who’s that in the road? Purcellville Rd., Purcellville, May 4. A caller reported seeing two baby owls in a road. An animal control officer saw that the owls were being harassed by crows. The officer took the owls to a veterinarian for evaluation. They were later transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Window well becomes foxhole: Waverly Heights Lane, Middleburg, May 5. A caller reported that a baby fox had gotten into a home window well. An animal control officer took the 3- to 4-week-old red fox to a veterinarian for evaluation. The fox was later transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Groundhog’s day: Mossy Glen Terr., Ashburn, May 5. A caller reported that a groundhog was beneath a vehicle and refusing to move. An animal control officer observed that the groundhog appeared alert and healthy. The officer left the groundhog where it was.

Raccoon knew exactly where to go: Aster Terr., Sterling, May 5. A caller reported that a raccoon had gotten into the kitchen. An animal control officer returned the raccoon, which appeared healthy and uninjured, to the wild. The raccoon had not come into contact with people or pets.

Pit bulls can now be adopted from Loudoun animal shelter: After nearly 50 years of exclusion, pit bulls can now be adopted from the county’s animal shelter. At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting May 7, members voted to accept the recommendation of the Loudoun County Animal Services Department to change the adoption policy. Shelter administrator Amy Martin said, “We are happy that our community will now have the opportunity to adopt a pit bull from their local shelter.”

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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