Loudoun County Animal Watch

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The following 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 go to

Wandering dogs return home

ROUND HILL, Furr Rd., Dec. 1. Two animal control officers spotted three dogs in a roadway. One recognized the dogs and returned them to their home. The officer met with the owner, who said the dogs had been let out but usually stayed on the property. The officer told the owner about ways to keep the dogs on the property and issued a warning.

Dogs have unwelcome visitor

LEESBURG, Stagecoach Lane, Dec. 1. An animal control officer responded to a report of a skunk inside a residence. The skunk had entered through a dog door and sprayed dogs in the home. The skunk was acting aggressively and appeared ill. The officer euthanized the skunk; rabies testing was pending.

Flower deliverer is bitten

PURCELLVILLE, Macnaughton Ct., Dec. 2. A flower delivery person reported being bitten by a dog. The man told a responding animal control officer that he had been bitten on the ankle while making a delivery. The officer talked to the dog's owner about the dangerous dog law. The incident was under investigation.

Chance of escape was remote

STERLING, Vinson Ct., Dec. 2. An animal control officer responded to a report of two dogs roaming a neighborhood. When the officer arrived, the dogs were back in their home. The dogs' owner said the dogs had knocked a garage door opener onto the floor and escaped when the door opened. No violations were found.

Fox has its day in the sun

LEESBURG, Coton Hall St., Dec. 3. A possibly ill fox was reported to be in the yard of a home. An animal control officer found the fox lying in the sun. It ran away when the officer approached. The fox, which had a possible case of mange but otherwise appeared healthy, returned to the wild.

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