The following were among cases received recently by Loudoun County Animal Care and Control. For more information, call 540-882-3211 or 703-777-0406 or visit the Web site

Report of Fighting Dogs

PURCELLVILLE, Purcellville Road, Oct. 26. An animal control officer responded to a complaint of two dogs fighting in a neighbor's yard. The officer found five adult Alaskan malamutes in kennels. None appeared to be injured, and all had current dog licenses and rabies vaccinations.

Stray Shih Tzus Claimed

STERLING, Bridgeport Court, Oct. 29. A woman said she had confined two stray Shih Tzus. The dogs were picked up by an animal control officer and taken to the animal shelter, where they were claimed by their owners. The owners were issued a notice to comply with county dog license requirements.

Dog Ends Up on School Bus

LOVETTSVILLE, Loudoun Street, Oct. 29. An animal control officer removed a stray dog that had been confined on a school bus at Lovettsville Elementary School. The dog's owner was not at home, so the officer left the dog with a neighbor.

Opossum Takes a Snooze

LEESBURG, Crystal Lake Street, Oct. 31. An animal control officer responded to a report of an immobile opossum in a garage. The officer found a healthy adult opossum that was sleeping and released it outdoors.

Ferret Put Up for Adoption

ASHBURN, Deepwoods Terrace, Oct. 31. A woman said she had found a ferret by a neighborhood trash bin. An animal control officer took the young ferret to the shelter, where it was made available for adoption.