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

Raccoon Is Released

LEESBURG, Millwood Square, Sept. 8. An animal control officer responding to a report of a possibly sick raccoon in a back yard found a raccoon showing no sign of illness or injury and moved it to the wild.

Cat Bites Two Children

STERLING, Victoria Place, Sept. 9. A man reported that a stray cat had bitten two children on the hand as they were trying to pet it. The man confined the cat in a cage. The cat had no identification so the officer took it to the animal shelter. An animal control officer contacted the health department, which placed the cat in quarantine at the shelter.

Puppy Taken to Shelter

PURCELLVILLE, Snickersville Turnpike, Sept. 10. An animal control officer picked up a stray black female field spaniel puppy that a resident had confined and took it to the animal shelter. Reports of lost animals were checked, but no matches were found.

Groundhog Bites Horse on Lip

LEESBURG, Evergreen Mills Road, last Sunday. A woman said a groundhog had bitten her horse on its upper lip. She said her horse had a current rabies vaccination. An animal control officer took the groundhog to the animal shelter, where it was euthanized because of an injury to a hind leg. The animal was to be tested for rabies.

Dog's Owner Found

STERLING, Lake Drive, Tuesday. An animal control officer picked up a small, white bichon frise that a resident had confined and took it to the animal shelter. The dog had no identification, but its owner called the next day to file a lost animal report and was told she could pick up her dog.