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 www.loudoun.gov/animals.

Dog's Owner Scolded

STERLING, Davenport Drive, Aug. 13. A dog was reported to have been left in a car in a restaurant parking lot. An animal control officer found a German shepherd in the hatchback area of a car that had all four windows rolled down and the hatchback door open. The dog was tethered in the back of the car but was able to get out. The dog's owner returned to the car when the officer arrived. The officer advised him of the dangers of leaving a dog in a car, even with the windows and hatchback door open.

Officer Frees Opossum

LEESBURG, Plaza Street, Aug. 14. A possibly rabid opossum was reported at the Market Station shopping center. An animal control officer found an alert and healthy opossum that had been confined in a trash can and released it in the wild.

Dog Is Taken to Shelter

PURCELLVILLE, Piggott House Place, Aug. 14. A resident confined a stray dog. An animal control officer picked up the large female German shepherd and took it to the animal shelter because it was not bearing identification. Reports of lost animals were checked, but no matches were found.

Bat Is Euthanized

STERLING, Lilliard Road, Aug. 15. A bat was reported in the bedroom of a house. An animal control officer caught the small brown bat and took it to the animal shelter, where it was euthanized so it could be tested for rabies.

Shih Tzu Reclaimed

CHANTILLY, Holtby Square, Aug. 15. A resident confined a stray dog. An animal control officer picked up a small white female Shih Tzu and took it to the animal shelter because it was not wearing identification. The next day the owner reclaimed the dog and bought a county license for it.