Loudoun County animal watch

July 23, 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.

Another dog, another car: Columbia Pl., Sterling, July 12. A dog was left inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a business. An animal control officer gauged the internal temperature of the car at 96 degrees, with the vehicle’s windows down and a sun shade on the dashboard. The officer issued a verbal warning to the dog’s owner.

The days of wine and puggles: Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg, July 13. A dog resembling a beagle and pug crossbreed was seen near a winery. The dog had a collar but no tags. An animal control officer found that the dog had a microchip ID and contacted its owner. The dog was reclaimed after two days at the animal shelter.

Hitchhiking plan foiled: Sterling Blvd., Sterling, July 14. A man found a brown animal hiding in the engine compartment of his vehicle. An animal control officer removed an uninjured groundhog from the vehicle and returned it to the wild.

Another day at the office: Woodland Rd., Sterling, July 16. A raccoon was seen on the second floor of an office building. An animal control officer found the uninjured raccoon under a desk and returned it to the wild.

Virginia is for lovebirds: Charles Town Pike, Waterford, July 18. Ten pairs of lovebirds were surrendered by their owner to the Loudoun County Animal Shelter this month. The adoption fee is $5 per bird. For information, go to www.loudoun.gov/animals.

— Compiled by J.C. Reed

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