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

Roaming Horse ReportedHAMILTON,Charles Town Pike, Feb. 18. An animal control officer patrolled the area after responding to a report that a horse was running loose. The officer did not find the animal. Back Out of the DrainSTERLING,Brixton Court, Feb. 18. An officer responded to a report of a cat stuck in a storm drain. The officer talked with the cat's owner, who said that she had called the Department of Fire and Rescue and that the cat was not found. She said the cat had gotten into the drain before and had always come out. The officer said he would return to set a trap if the cat did not come out that night. The following day, the owner reported that the cat had come home.

Cat Taken to HospitalSTERLING,Monarch Drive, Feb. 18. A cat, spotted at a playground, appeared to be injured. An animal control officer impounded the cat, which appeared to have been hit by a car, and took it to the Animal Emergency Hospital. Spaniel Reunited With OwnerPURCELLVILLE,Sagle Road, Monday. A cocker spaniel-type dog was found running loose and had been confined. An animal control officer saw that the dog had no identification, and it was taken to the animal shelter. The officer found a match in the lost-animal reports. The dog was reclaimed.

Ferret on the Loose in SchoolLEESBURG,King Street, Tuesday. An officer was able to confine a ferret that was reported running loose in a school. It was not wearing identification and was taken to the animal shelter. Lost-animal reports were checked. No matches were found.