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

Owner Happens Upon Lost Dog

STERLING, Regis Circle, Nov. 12. An animal control officer found a small, white female Shih Tzu wearing a collar but no ID tags. The officer caught the dog and was taking it to the animal shelter when she was flagged down by a motorist who said he had lost his small, white dog. The man identified the Shih Tzu as his and said the dog had escaped from his home. The officer issued a warning because the dog had been running loose.

Pit Bull Mix Found Running Loose

ROUND HILL, Williams Gap Road, Nov. 12. An animal control officer found a large, tan male pit bull mix running loose. The dog was not wearing identification, so it was taken to the animal shelter. Reports of lost animals were checked, but no match was found.

Dog Lashes Out During Argument

PURCELLVILLE, Spring Crossing Lane, Nov. 12. During a meeting between a landlord and a tenant, a conversation about the rent became animated and an argument ensued, agitating the tenant's dog. The dog then bit the landlord's wife on a leg. Animal control was called. The officer verified that the dog had up-to-date vaccinations and advised the owner of dangerous-dog laws. The officer then spoke with the county attorney, who advised that the situation did not warrant a dangerous-dog case.

Injured Vulture Euthanized

HAMILTON, Foundry Road, Nov. 12. Animal control found an injured turkey vulture lying in leaves on the side of the road. The bird was taken to a veterinary clinic, where it was euthanized because of its poor condition.

Opossum Found in Garage

STERLING, Peyton Road, Nov. 12. A resident reported finding a raccoon in her garage, covered in a plastic tarpaulin. An animal control officer found that it was, in fact, an opossum and that it appeared healthy and uninjured. The opossum was returned to the wild.