Loudoun County Animal Watch

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.

Juvenile detention: Beauregard Dr., Leesburg, July 8. A caller reported that a baby opossum had been holed up in a garage for more than 24 hours. An animal control officer took what turned out to be a juvenile raccoon to a veterinarian for evaluation.

All in a day’s work: Awbrey Pl., Ashburn, July 8. A caller reported that seven ducklings had fallen into a sewer drain. An animal control officer rescued the ducklings, which appeared to be healthy and uninjured, reunited the ducklings with their mother and returned the family to the wild.

Net results: John Wolford Rd., Purcellville, July 14. A caller reported that a snake had become tangled in garden netting. An animal control officer cut the netting to release the snake, determined it to be healthy and uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Newborn kittens found: Fort Evans Rd., Leesburg, July 10. A caller reported seeing a newborn kitten in a parking lot. An animal control officer found two kittens that appeared to be no more than a week old. The officer took the pair to a veterinarian for evaluation.

Groundhog catches a lift: Woodland Rd., Sterling, July 10. A groundhog was found inside the engine compartment of a car on a lift at an auto repair business. An animal control officer removed the groundhog, determined that it was uninjured and healthy, and returned it to the wild.

— Compiled by J.C. Reed

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