Doberman's Death a Mystery

PURCELLVILLE, Short Hill Road, May 16. A man said that his Doberman pinscher had died and that he thought it might have been poisoned. The dog had no external wounds but had been bleeding from its mouth. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Rottweiler Fatally Shot

LEESBURG, Spectacular Bid Place, May 20. A man reported that an aggressive Rottweiler would not leave his property. Animal control officers found that the dog had been shot through its side. The man said he shot the dog to protect his children. The dog was rushed to a veterinarian but died while in surgery. Animal control officers were investigating the incident.

Labrador Rescued From Pond

ASHBURN, Ashburn Village Boulevard, May 20. An animal control officer responded to a report of a yellow Labrador retriever that had been swimming in a pond for two hours and could not get out. Its owner said the dog would not climb over the rocks on the pond's edge. The officer went into the pond and rescued the dog, which was exhausted but not injured.

Stray Cat Scratches Boy

ASHBURN, Pomeroy Court, May 20. A woman reported that her son had been bitten on the arm while he was petting a stray tabby. An animal control officer found that the boy had been scratched by the cat. The officer took the cat to the animal shelter, where it was being quarantined for 10 days.

Dogs Improperly Tethered

LEESBURG, Fort Evans Road, May 23. An animal control officer responded to a report that a rescue group promoting dog adoptions had dogs improperly chained for display. The officer found several dogs attached to crates by foot-long chains. The officer told the group that Virginia law requires a tether to be at least three times the length of the dog. The group agreed to remedy the situation.