animal watch

animal watch

Sunday, August 31, 2008

These cases were handled recently by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Care and Control. For information, call 540-882-3211 or 703-777-0406 or visit http://www. http:// http://loudoun. http:// http://gov/animals.

Raccoon on the Loose

STERLING, Moran Road, Aug. 20. An animal control officer responded to a report that a raccoon was approaching commuters at a bus stop and begging for food. The raccoon was being fed and was acting aggressively when not satisfied. The officer set a humane trap for the raccoon, which has eluded capture.

Clean Bill of Health for Pig

BLUEMONT, Foggy Bottom Road, last Sunday. An officer was asked to check the welfare of a pig at a farm. The officer spoke with the caretaker and saw the 15-year-old potbellied pig, which appeared to be in good condition and had adequate provisions. No violation was found.

Bat Taken From Home

LEESBURG, Wirt Street, Monday. An officer found and impounded a bat inside a home. The homeowner reported that her cats had been swatting at the bat and that they might have injured it. The officer took the bat to the animal shelter, where it was euthanized for rabies testing by the Health Department.

Missing Bear Cub

PURCELLVILLE, Berlin Turnpike, Wednesday. A bear cub was reported to have been hit by a car. An officer patrolled the area but didn't find the cub.

Stray Ferret Is Unclaimed

ASHBURN, Partlow Road, Wednesday. A ferret was reported to be running loose. An officer confined the black ferret, which was not wearing identification, and took it to the animal shelter. Lost reports were checked, and no match was found.

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