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

Woman Surrenders Cats

ASHBURN, Duck Creek Square, July 15. An animal control officer investigating a report of about 30 cats living at a home in unsanitary conditions was not able to determine if the cats were okay. He sought a search warrant to enter the home and take the animals if necessary. The officer met with the homeowner, who was in the hospital, told her about the search warrant and discussed what she needed to do to comply with animal care laws. The woman agreed to surrender the cats to the animal shelter.

Opossum, Litter Found

STERLING, Cypress Court, July 17. A woman said she found a strange animal and babies in her back yard and confined them in a box. An animal control officer put the box, which held a mother opossum and about 10 babies, near the tree line on the property, and said the mother would probably move the litter after nightfall. The residents agreed not to disturb the box. The opossums appeared healthy.

Injured Groundhog Euthanized

LEESBURG, Riding Trail Court, July 17. A woman said a groundhog on her porch appeared to have hair loss and blood on one of its legs. An animal control officer searched the area, found the groundhog's burrow and set a trap near the front steps of the home. Several days later, the groundhog was caught. An animal control officer took it to the animal shelter, and it was euthanized because of a severe injury to its right shoulder.

Stray Retriever Taken to Shelter

LOVETTSVILLE, Lutheran Church Road, July 17. An animal control officer investigating a report of a stray dog confined at a home found a buff-colored female golden retriever wearing an electric fence collar. The dog had no identification and was taken to the shelter.

Peacock Stuck in Traffic

LOVETTSVILLE, Berlin Turnpike, July 18. A peacock was seen in traffic on the turnpike at Nixon Road but was gone when an animal control officer arrived. The officer searched the area but did not find the bird.