Loudoun County animal watch

May 21, 2014

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.

Take this broken wing and learn to fly: Common House Rd., Lovettsville, May 10. A caller reported a red-tailed hawk with a broken wing. An animal control officer took the injured hawk to a rehabilitation facility.

Very warm for May: Dulles Town Cir., Sterling, May 11. A caller reported that a dog resembling a Shih Tzu was confined to a vehicle. When an animal control arrived, the dog did not seem to be in distress. The outside temperature was 78 degrees, and the car’s inside temperature ranged from 92 to 110 degrees. When the owner returned, the officer talked to him about the law against confining animals in hot vehicles.

Make way for ducklings: Tennessee Dr., Leesburg, May 12. A caller reported that a duck and her seven ducklings could not get out of a swimming pool. When an animal control officer arrived, the duck and the ducklings were on the pool deck beside a ramp someone had created to help them out of the pool.

Opossum’s babies survive: Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg, May 12. A caller reported that an opossum had been hit by a car. An animal control officer found that the opossum was dead but that her 11 babies were alive. The babies were taken to a veterinarian for evaluation.

Looking for food in all the wrong places: Diamond Lake Dr., Leesburg, May 13. A caller reported that a cat was stuck inside a home heating and air conditioning system. The cat had accidentally been trapped in a room with no food or water for several days and got into the system to look for food. An animal control officer could not find it. The homeowner later cut a hole in the ceiling and freed the cat.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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