Watson Road, Leesburg
On March 13, an animal control officer was called to a veterinarian's office where a schnauzer was in critical condition after being attacked by what were described as two boxer-type dogs. The officer went to the dogs' home and found two pit bulls running loose on their property while the owner was away. The officer took both dogs to the animal shelter, where they will remain until the owner can show proof of adequate confinement. A court hearing will be held to determine whether the animals should be designated dangerous dogs. The schnauzer died from its injuries.
Catoctin Circle, Leesburg
On March 14, a Leesburg police officer requested help with a stray golden retriever. An animal control officer took the older dog to the animal shelter, where its owner claimed it.
Campbell Farm Lane, Lovettsville
On March 16, an animal control officer responded to a report that a Jack Russell terrier had tangled with a raccoon. The officer found a lethargic, wobbly raccoon in a cat carrier and took it to the animal shelter. It was euthanized and sent to the health department to be tested for rabies. The test results are pending.
Old Ox Road, Sterling
On March 17, a resident reported an injured red-tailed hawk on the shoulder of the road behind Dulles International Airport. The hawk appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. An animal control officer captured the hawk and took it to the animal shelter. It was later released to a wildlife rehabilitator.
Trail Side Park, Ashburn
On March 18, two animal control officers responded to a report of a pit bull running loose and charging citizens. The officers captured the brindle-colored male pit bull from under a vehicle and took it to the animal shelter, where it was waiting for its owner.
Smith Circle, Ashburn
On March 18, a resident reported a possibly injured Rottweiler lying in his driveway. An animal control officer picked up an older male Rottweiler, which appeared to have hip dysplasia. It was taken to the animal shelter, where it was waiting for its owner.