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

Baby Opossum Goes Out to Play

LEESBURG, Smartts Lane, May 27. A baby opossum was found in a garbage can at a playground. An animal control officer found the animal asleep, but there was no sign of its mother. The officer took the opossum to a wildlife rehabilitator, who will monitor it until it is old enough to be released.

Stray Pit Bull Taken to Shelter

LEESBURG, James Monroe Highway, May 27. A black and white dog was reported running loose on Route 15. An animal control officer found a 5-month-old female pit bull that had no identification and took it to the animal shelter. Reports of lost animals were checked, but no matches were found.

Dog Locked in Car Is Okay

STERLING, Bartholomew Fair Drive, May 27. A dog was reported to have been locked in a vehicle in a parking lot. When an animal control officer arrived, the owner was waiting by the vehicle. She said she had locked her keys in the vehicle with the dog inside. The officer helped her unlock the vehicle and made sure that the dog was all right.

Missing Dog Kept at Shelter

ASHBURN, Stronghold Court, May 27. A woman reported that a small, white dog was running loose. An animal control officer found a female West Highland terrier without identification and took it to the animal shelter. The dog's owner called to report the missing dog and was told it was at the shelter.

Sick Cat Euthanized

GREAT FALLS, Great Falls Way, Monday. A large, red tabby was reported lying by a curb. An animal control officer found the cat in a puddle of water and took it to a veterinary hospital. The cat was suffering from kidney failure and was euthanized.