Belmont Ridge Road,

Ashburn

On Dec. 16, the Sheriff's Office requested help catching a potbellied pig. An animal control officer could not catch the pig but located its owner. During the investigation, she noticed that the owner had a dog on his property without adequate shelter so she told him about laws pertaining to that. A few days later, the officer determined that adequate shelter had been provided.

Chickacoan Trail,

Ashburn

On Dec. 16, a resident reported being bitten by an opossum he tried to pick up in a neighbor's back yard. The neighbor shot the possum. A animal control officer took it to the shelter for rabies tests, which were negative.

Route 28,

Sterling

On Dec. 21, an animal control officer responding to a report of an animal in distress found a dog covered with tire marks and mud. The officer contacted its owners, who had filed a lost animal report. The owners took the dog to the animal emergency hospital.

Holiday Closing

The animal shelter will be closed Wednesday for New Year's Day. Regular operations resume Thursday at 8 a.m. During the closing, animal control officers will be on duty for designated emergencies only. If you have one, contact the Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0445.