Loudoun County animal watch

June 18

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.

Life in the slow lane: Foxfield Lane, Leesburg, June 7. An animal control officer saw a turtle in the middle of a road. The turtle appeared healthy and uninjured, so the officer moved it out of the road and returned it to the wild.

Rock-a-bye raccoon: Elmhurst Ct., Ashburn, June 8. A baby raccoon fell asleep on a porch. An animal control officer returned the 8- to 10-week-old raccoon to the wild after determining that it was healthy and uninjured.

Oh, deer: Mountain Rd., Lovettsville, June 8. A caller reported an injured fawn. An animal control officer took the fawn to a veterinarian for evaluation and then transferred it to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Free as a bird: Providence Forge Dr., Ashburn, June 10. A caller reported that a songbird was stuck in a lantern-type lamppost. An animal control officer freed the bird, which appeared healthy and uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Reunited and it feels so good: Mayfair Dr., Leesburg, June 10. A good Samaritan reported finding a dog roaming a neighborhood. An animal control officer met the Samaritan and the stray, a Labrador-type dog wearing a collar and license tag. The tag allowed the officer to identify the owner. When the officer could not contact the owner, the dog was taken to the animal shelter for boarding. The owner reclaimed the dog the next day.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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